2022 MLB Field of Dreams Gamescore: Drew Smyly gives Cubs a 4-2 win over Reds in Iowa cornfield

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Thursday night in Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams Game 2022. Like last year’s game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees, Thursday’s game was played at the filming location in Dyersville, Iowa.

The Cubs took an early lead and hit three runs (all with two outs) in the first inning. Seiya Suzuki opened the score with a double that made it 1-0. Nico Hoener then scored for Suzuki to extend the lead to 2-0, before scoring himself on an Ian Happ double. The Cubs were to add another run in the fourth inning, on a single by Nick Madrigal, but that initial outburst turned out to be enough to secure the win.

It’s worth noting that the two sides combined for zero home runs. During last year’s game, the White Sox and Yankees launched a total of eight.

Below are four other takeaways from the game, as well as a copy of the commentary CBS Sports provided during our live blog coverage.

1. Reds fail to capitalize on opportunities

In some ways, the Cubs used a bend-but-don’t-break defense in the early stages. The Reds put two runners on base in each of the first three innings, but were unable to convert any of them into runs.

From then on, the Reds didn’t put two more runners in a single inning until the seventh, when they scored their first runs on a Matt Reynolds double. NB:

2. Pushing Smyly

Cubs southpaw Drew Smyly deserves credit for the Reds’ inability to cash in, and for Chicago’s win. He went into the evening with a 3.97 ERA (105 ERA+) and a 3.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 14 starts this season. Thursday’s outing, however, rivaled his best performance of the year, as he shutout five innings.

Smyly gave up four basehits and two walks while striking out nine of the 22 batters he faced. He also lowered his season ERA to 3.69. It should be noted that in his last timeout, Smyly threw 6 ⅔ scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins, extending his scoreless series to 11 ⅔ innings.

3. Contreras, India has suffered injuries

Both sides paid a physical toll during Thursday’s game.

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras appeared to roll his ankle over the bases. He appeared to be in a lot of pain as he rolled on the ground, but he was later able to put weight on his left foot and make it to the dugout on his own. Remarkably, he stayed in the game and played the string.

Reds second baseman Jonathan India was not so lucky. He sustained a leg bruise after throwing a ball from himself. He left the game and was replaced by aforementioned Reynolds to start the bottom of the fourth.

It is unclear whether Contreras or India will have limited availability in the coming days due to the injuries they sustained.

4. Construction can prevent the game of 2023

Earlier this week, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, a co-owner of the Field of Dreams complex, suggested that construction could stand in the way of the game’s MLB hosting by 2023. “A lot is happening,” he told the Des Moines Register. “They don’t want to come back if the stadium is not prepared.” (The complex is installing youth baseball and softball fields to broaden the events it can host in the future.)

MLB, somehow, hasn’t officially said yet whether they will try to figure out a way for the game to take place next year. It goes without saying that future games will be played on the site, even if they don’t happen until the 2024 campaign.

As for the Cubs and Reds, they head to Cincinnati to resume their three-game streak on Saturday.

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