Drew Smyly didn’t anticipate to be on the mound Thursday night time for the Field of Dreams recreation.
The Chicago Cubs left-hander wasn’t lined as much as begin Major League Baseball’s second recreation till final week, when a rainout in St. Louis pushed again Smyly’s begin by sooner or later.
Smyly sometimes tries to reach on the ballpark as late as potential so he doesn’t have an excessive amount of time to let his thoughts wander. He prefers to evaluation the sport plan, get unfastened and go pitch. An irregular recreation day schedule Thursday didn’t faze the veteran, nonetheless. The Cubs departed Wrigley Field at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, flew to Dubuque, Iowa, after which bused the remaining 25 miles to Dyersville. Smyly joined his teammates throughout their pregame stroll by the cornfields to the 1989 film set’s iconic discipline, taking all of it in.
Smyly, backed by a three-run first inning, locked in to report a season-high 9 strikeouts over 5 shutout innings within the Cubs’ 4-2 victory in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds on a picturesque night time. Rowan Wick earned the save.
Smyly scattered 4 hits and walked two whereas reducing his ERA to three.69 in 15 begins.
“A game that I’ll always look back and remember in my career, even though it’s just one regular-season game,” Smyly stated Wednesday. “It’ll be special just to be part of that.”
Three consecutive run-scoring hits off Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo sparked the Cubs within the first behind Seiya Suzuki (double), Nico Hoerner (single) and Ian Happ (double). It took some stress off Smyly and allowed him to extra aggressively assault the Reds.
Willson Contreras gave the impression to be in important ache after rolling his ankle after a tough flip round second base on Wisdom’s single to left discipline within the third. Contreras instantly buckled to the bottom and was tagged out. But he was again behind the plate for the highest of the fourth and performed the remainder of the sport.
Nick Madrigal’s RBI single within the fourth prolonged the Cubs’ result in 4-0. Madrigal recorded his first three-hit recreation since April and stole one base to match his season complete.
A hologram of former Cubs announcer Harry Caray sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” through the seventh-inning stretch. The Reds adopted with their first runs of the sport, making it 4-2 on Matt Reynolds’ two-run double in opposition to reliever Michael Rucker.