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Enhanced Box Score: Reds 2, Cubs 1 – August 15, 2017

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The Cubs certainly had their chances late, failing to score a runner from third with one out in the 7th, then failing to score after putting the first two batters on in the 8th, and then scoring only one in the 9th after having runners on second and third with one out.


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That 8th inning one came after a strange sequence that saw Ben Zobrist walk, and Jon Jay attempt to bunt him over, fail, and then ultimately take a walk himself. Then Joe Maddon pinch hit Ian Happ for Tommy La Stella (presumably to get the righty on lefty advantage) instead of just having La Stella try to bunt, and preserving Happ for a potential later matchup against Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, who allows damage to lefties, but is brutal on righties. Happ struck out swinging, and then the Reds finished up the inning by bringing in Iglesias.

The Reds added a run in the 9th inning, which was a bummer because the Cubs plated a run in the bottom of the 9th (after, incidentally, a successful sac bunt by Javy Baez in a similar situation). That run came on a single Ben Zobrist hit *too hard*, which didn’t allow the tying run to score from second. D’oh.

The starting pitching in this one was good on both sides, and the Reds simply managed to score a couple runs off of Pedro Strop and Justin Wilson without much in the way of hard contact. Sucks, but it happened.


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That could be a description for that game, actually, especially after the Cubs piled on the Reds the night before: sucks, but it happened.

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Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.