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The Chicago Cubs took the second MLB in Field of Dreams game over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, 4-2.
Before the game started, MLB paid tribute to the movie that bears the game’s name. Former Reds Ken Griffey Jr. and his father, Ken Griffey Sr., walked out of the choir, reciting the famous lines from the film’s closing scene, and had a catch in the outfield surrounded by several kids and adults.
Then the teams, along with a few of their legends like Ferguson Jenkins and Johnny Bench, entered the field through the choir.
After Jessie James Decker’s rendition of the national anthem, it was time to hit some balls.
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After Reds-starter Nick Lodolo got two quick outs, he allowed four-straight Cubs to reach base. He hit Patrick Wisdom with a pitch and Seiya Suzuki’s double drove him all the way in from first place. Nico Hoerner singled him in, then scored on a double by Ian Happ. The Reds were in a 3-0 hole they couldn’t get out of.
The Reds threatened in the second inning to set up their first two runners, but Drew Smyly struckout three batters. Nick Madrigal added an RBI single for the Cubs in the fourth.
Cincinnati was unable to get anything going on offense until the seventh inning. They took advantage of their first two batters reaching base. Matt Reynolds doubled all the way to the right midfield wall which scored both runners and cut the Cubs’ lead in half. However, Nick Senzel grounded out, Kyle Farmer flied out and Joey Votto struckout to end the threat.
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Smyly threw five scoreless innings and struckout nine batters. Brandon Hughes and Rowan Wick put together three perfect innings of relief, with Wick taking the save. They also struckout five batters together.
Lodolo allowed all four Cubs, followed by scoreless 4.1 scoreless frames from the Reds’ bullpen.
Willson Contreras rolled his ankle in the third inning and rolled around in pain. He was tagged out between second and third, which gave him time to walk off the injury and rest – he stayed in the game. Madrigal led the way with three hits.
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The two teams have Friday off before continuing their three-game set in Cincinnati on Saturday night.