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Friday, June 30, 2017

Scott Feldman Pitches Adam Duvall Hits Putting Reds Over Cubs

Adam Duvall hit his 19th home run off Mike Montgomery with two on in the fourth inning to break up a scoreless tie that sent the Reds to a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Scott Feldman flirted with a no-hitter until Ian Happ out of the University of Cincinnati drilled a clean single into right centerfield with two outs in the sixth inning.

Leadoff hitter Jon Jay reached base on an error by Jose Perraza and Happ’s single sent him to third, bringing up Ryan Rizzo as the tying run. Rizzo flied out to Billy Hamilton in deep right center.

Feldman faced one batter over the minimum until Jay reached on the error. He had walked two but one was erased on a double play.

Hamilton led off the fourth with a fly ball to center.  Albert Almora tried to make a diving catch but it slipped by him.  The ever aggressive Hamilton took off for third but Almora recovered in plenty of time to throw Hamilton out at third.  Zack Cozart, in his first game back from the disabled list with a strained quad, singled to center.  Joey Votto hit a smash by Rizzo down the rightfield line.  Cozart held third.  Duvall cleared the bases with a line drive home run to the rightfield bullpen.

 “For Duvall to drive that ball to rightfield was impressive," Bryan Price said.

Duvall has hit three home runs in his last four games.  His batting average is up to .288 with 57 RBI, tying him with Votto for the team lead.

“I feel I’m taking some good at bats and working some walks," Duvall said..  "Right now I’ve driving the ball. I got a pitch out over the plate. It was nice to drive it to right.”

The Reds added a run in the sixth.

Duvall walked and stole second as Eugenio Suarez struck out.  Scott Schebler singled sharply to left, Duvall held.  Peraza made up for his error with a safety squeeze bunt for a base hit.  Rizzo couldn’t make the charging bare handed stab.

Feldman allowed a single to Addison Russell but had his shutout intact through seven innings. He finished with seven scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and seven strike outs.

 ‘Feldman has been an absolute God send," Price said. "We are lucky to have him.  When we got him there was talk that if he didn’t work out as a starter, he could work in the bullpen.  I saw him and decided he was a starter.”

“He is great in the clubhouse and great with the young players.”

It was Feldman's ninth quality start of the season.  He dropped his ERA to 3.78 to go with his 7-5 record.

“I had a good mix tonight.  I didn’t shake Tucker off much.  We had a plan and stuck to it. I didn’t think much about the no hitter. Honestly, I’m just happy that we won the game. “It makes a huge difference when the manager has confidence in you,” Feldman said.

Michael Lorenzen came in to pitch a scoreless eighth.

Votto doubled and scored on a stolen base and wild throw by rookie catcher Victor Carantini.  Votto would have been out easily. He was just 2/3 of the way to third when the throw was sied of Happ, who moved from second to third to start the inning.

Wandy Peralta pitched the ninth in a non-save situation to throw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cozart extended his hitting streak to nine games.

"Cozart hit the ball on the screws three times," Price said.

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