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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jake Arrieta One Year Later - Cubs Maul Reds

A year ago today, Jake Arrieta woke up with a no-hitter. On April 21, 2016 the Cubs sxored 16 runs and the Reds didn’t get a single hit.  This year he settled for an eight hitter and an 12-8 win.

Cody Reed got his first start of the season and he reverted from a form that made him an 0-7 pitcher last season.  Reed was fine working out of the bullpen. In four relief outings he pitched eight innings without allowing a run.

The Cubs quickly changed that.

Reed’s wildness which hadn’t shown in his last three appearances, (0 in 7 innings), returned.  He walked Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant to start the game.  Anthony Rizzo, who tied the game Friday with two outs in the ninth, hit another three-run home run.

"I wasn't very good," Reed admitted "I have to keep on keeping on. It is frustrating in general.  We scored eight runs and we lost, that makes it tough to take.".

Jose Peraza quickly ended the notion of Arrieta repeating the no-hit magic from last season witha single up the middle.  Scooter Gennett hit a broken bat roller to secondbasee.  Javier Baez backhanded flip to Addison Russell ended up in leftfield putting runners on second and third.  Joey Votto, who left six runners stranded on Friday night, tied the game with his sixth home run. Eugenio Suarez hit his fourth home run one out later.

Reed gave the four runs back with two outs.  Bryant doubled.  Reed walked Rizzo, not a bad idea and Russell.  Wilson Contreras followed with his second home run of the season and first career grand slam.  It was the end of Reed’s start, after he struck out Jason Heyward.

"He (Reed) didn't give himself enough time to settle in," Bryan Price said. "We have to find the way to right the ship with Cody as a starter. I still think he's a big league pitcher. The talent is there. We have to find a way to extract it."

Tucker Barnhart’s single opened the Reds’ second. Phillip Ervin made his Major League debut batting for Reed.  His tapper back to Arrieta moved Barnhart to second.  Peraza hit his second single.  Gennett’s roller to Bryant forced Ervin at third.  Votto drove in his fourth run with a single to left. He also doubled home Arismendy Alcantara in the ninth for his fifth RBI of the game.

"Joey has hit the ball hard mor than the last couple days with little to show for it" Price said. 

Lisalverto Bonilla made his Reds’ debut in the third.

Bonilla allowed a run in the fifth when Heyward walked and Gennett, starting in rightfield played Arrieta’s fly ball into a triple.  Heyward hit a thre-run home run off Bonilla in the sixth, his second of the season and second of the series/  The blow gave Chicago a six-run lead. Heyward drove in a run with a ninth inning single following Contreras third hit, a double.

Bonilla gave up four runs in five innings.

Arrieta settled in and pitched four scoreless innings.

Suarez homered off Justin Grimm his second of the game, fffth of the season. It was his first second two-home run game.

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