BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: JOe Robbins/Getty Images
The Reds took down the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Friday afternoon in the first game of a three game series, all of which are scheduled to be afternoon games.
The Reds got on the board first as left fielder Adam Duvall had an RBI single in the fourth inning, followed by right fielder Scott Schebler driving in a run on a double play to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. The team then added to the advantage in the fifth inning as second baseman Scooter Gennett hit an RBI sacrifice fly, but the Cubs responded in the bottom of the inning with center fielder Albert Almora Jr. hit into an RBI fielder’s choice. The Cubs would later cut the lead in half on an RBI sacrifice fly by second baseman Ben Zobrist, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Reds went on to take the 3-2 win.
Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle went six and two thirds innings in the win, allowing just one earned run on five hits and two walks. Cubs starter Mike Montgomery was saddled with the loss as he gave up five earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks. Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias took the save.
The teams will play once again on Saturday afternoon.