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Billy Hamilton Breaks up Perfect Game Bid in Seventh; Cincinnati Reds Fall 7-3 to Chicago Cubs

June 25th, 2014 at 8:57 PM
By Cody Dalga

The Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta had a perfect game through six innings before Billy Hamilton singled to lead off the seventh inning, but the Cubs went on to take down the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 7-3 in front of a home crowd at Wrigley Field.

Reds starter Homer Bailey looked equally good for the first few innings retiring the first 11 batters before allowing a a solo home run to Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the fourth inning. He allowed another earned run in the fifth when Welington Castillo doubled to right. 

"I just kind of lost command there a little bit," Bailey said. "That's all that it boils down to."

His outing lasted five and a third innings allowing four total earned runs on four hits while striking out six Cubs. 
 
The Reds were finally able to get on some runs on the board off of Arrieta in the seventh inning. After Hamilton's leadoff single, Todd Frazier and Joey Votto were retired before Devin Mesoraco singled home Hamilton. The next batter, Jay Bruce, doubled to bring home Mesoraco and cut the lead to two, 4-2. 
 
The Cubs responded with three runs of their own an inning later off of Cincinnati reliever Sam LeCure to put the game out of reach. 
 
Mesoraco was able to extend his streak of consecutive games with a home run with a solo shot in the top of the ninth, his 14th of the year. It was his fifth straight game with a home run which tied a franchise record. 
 
The loss brought the Reds back to .500 (38-38). They take on the Cubs again tonight in the rubber match which will have Mat Latos looking for his first win this season. 
Tags: Baseball, Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, homer bailey, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Mat Latos, MLB, Sam LeCure, todd frazier

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