Reds beat Cubs as Gray sets major league record
By Lance McAlister
September 17, 2019
Reds 4 Cubs 2
The Reds put three runs on the board vs Yu Darvish in the first inning and Sonny Gray made it stand up while setting a ML record as the Reds beat the Cubs 4-2 at Wrigley Field Tuesday night.
The Reds move to 71-81 on the season. That's four wins better than their 2018 win total with 10 games remaining. They have clinched the season series over the Cubs (10-8) for the first time since 2014.
The loss is a killer to the Cubs who fall to 82-69. They fall 1.5 games back of Washington for the top Wild Card spot and drop into a tie with Milwaukee for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
Josh VanMeter led off the game with a single. Joey Votto lined an RBI double. Aristides Aquino homered for the first time since September 2, his 16th of the season.
Sonny Gray: 6.2 IN, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 9 K. 102 pitches/62 strikes. He ended the night at 199 strikeouts for the season. He's now 11-7 2.80 on the year.
Gray made his 32nd consecutive start allowing six hits or fewer, a new ML record (excluding openers). He was sharing the record with Nolan Ryan.
Gray ran into two out trouble in the 7th inning when the Cubs put runners on the corners w/ a walk to Tony Cruz and single by Ben Zobrist. Gray's night was over as David Bell turned to Michael Lorenzen.
Lorenzen struck out Nick Castellanos to end the threat in the 7th inning: 1.1 IN, 0 R, 2 K.
Raisel Iglesias finished up for his 31st save and seventh consecutive scoreless appearance.
Darvish settled down and struck out the final two batters of the first inning and then 10 of the next 11 batters, including a franchise record eight in a row. He had a total of 11 K's through four innings.
Darvish: 7 IN, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 13 K. 102 pitches/69 strikes.
With the lead cut to 3-2, the Reds played add-on in the 5th when Eugenio Suarez singled in Gray (single) with two outs. Suarez has 101 RBI.
Votto now has 10 seasons with at least 30 doubles.
Reds batters struck out 15 times on the night.
Per listener Jeff: Runs allowed by Gray in his last 15 starts:
4 runs - 1x.
3 runs - 1x
2 runs - 4x.
1 runs - 5x
0 runs - 4x
ERA in those 15 starts is 1.82.
Of note: Mets 1B Pete Alonso homered in his game vs the Rockies. That breaks a tie with Eugenio Suarez for the ML lead with his 48th of the season.
Box score HERE
Most Consecutive Starts with No More than 6 Hits Allowed— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 18, 2019
2018-19 Sonny Gray 32
1991-92 Nolan Ryan 31
1966-71 Marcelino Lopez 30
2018-19 Luis Castillo 29
1984-87 Len Barker 29
Since at least 1908
Most Consecutive starts Allowing 4 or fewer Runs for Reds (since at least 1908)— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 18, 2019
1972-75 Gary Nolan 37
1992-93 Jose Rijo 33
1990-91 Jose Rijo 32
2019 Sonny Gray 30
1967-68 Gary Nolan 30