BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: David JAblonski/Dayton Daily News
The Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Friday night as they will guarantee at least a series split as they won Thursday’s game as well.
In the second inning, the Reds got on the board first as center fielder Billy Hamilton hit an RBI single to give the team a 1-0 lead. However, the Cubs responded in the fourth as shortstop Javier Baez got an RBI single to tie it up and left fielder Kyle Schwarber got a two run homer. In the fifth, Reds first baseman Joey Votto got an RBI single and third baseman Eugenio Suarez got a two run home run to retake the lead. The seventh saw left fielder Adam Duvall add another run for the Reds with an RBI single, followed by second baseman Alex Blandino tacking on another run on an RBI single in the eighth as the Reds went on to win 6-3.
Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo grabbed the win with three earned runs allowed on four hits and one walk over the course of five and two-thirds innings, while Cubs starter Jose Quintana went five innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and a pair of walks as he was hit with the loss. Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias earned the save.
The teams will face off once again on Saturday afternoon.