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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Reds Wake Up With A First Inning Rally In The First Of Two.

The Reds' Wednesday morning wake up call resulted in a four-run inning against Kyle Hendricks to hang a 9-1 loss on the Chicago Cubs.

After a disappointing loss in a disappointing season, the Reds' bounced back less than 12 hours after last night's 13-inning game ended.

Brandon Phillips, who was taken out late in the game for a rare double switch, opened the game with an infield hit. He advanced on Starlin Castro's throwing error. Jason Bourgeois hit an infield single.  Joey Votto walked.  Todd Frazier dumped a blooper down the rightfield line for a two-run double.  Eugenio Suarez assaulted the other line with a hard-hit double.

Mike Leake worked around Kyle Schwarber's, yes him again, single in the first.

Schwarber, the Middie Mauler, singled again in his second at-bat.  This time it followed a double by Addison Russell and an infield hit by Chris Coghlan.  It cut the Reds' lead to 4-1.

Leake saved the Reds' overworked bullpen, a feat more important than his eighth win. Leake retired 16 straight batters after Schwarber's hit before Burke Badenhop mopped up with a

Votto lined his 17th home run into the rightfield bleachers in the fifth to negate the Cubs run.

The Reds broke the game open in the seventh after two outs and no one on.  Votto and Frazier singled off Yoervis Medina, who was called up before the game. Suarez walked.  Skip Schumaker walked on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run.  Billy Hamilton ran the count full, then singled over the leaping Castro for two runs. Tucker Barnhart singled to cap the Reds' second four-run inning.

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