Dyersville, Iowa (AP) — Drew Smiley took over after Griffey played catch in Iowa.
Smiley stole nine in his five scoreless innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Reds to Cincinnati Thursday night in Major League Baseball's second annual "Field of Dreams" game. defeated 4-2.
Seiya Suzuki reached his 3rd and Nick his madrigal gave Chicago his 3-hit at the throwback ballpark just steps from his field in his 1989 beloved movie Maine. I let go. Ian Happ had his two hits and drove in one run.
"It's really magic," Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras said of the field. "It has a certain kind of energy that I think is real."
The night saw Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Emerging from a cornstalk in the outfield, it opened with its own version of the film's memorable scene, delighting a sold-out crowd of 7,823.
"Dad, do you want a catch?" said Junior.
"I want you to do that," said the senior.
More parents and children then joined the field with their own balls and gloves while Griffey played catch. It was followed by the Cubs and Reds in special uniforms inspired by what the franchise looked like in the early 20th century.
"It's amazing what they've accomplished here. … I think every baseball player should go through this," said Reds third baseman Kyle Farmer.
Smyly (5-6) achieved his second straight win, aided by his three-point lead in Chicago. The veteran left arm allowed him four hits and walked two.
Rowanwick worked his ninth and recorded his seventh save.
Cincinnati lost his fourth straight game. Matt Reynolds hit a two-run double in the seventh inning, but the bottom-placed Reds were down in order in the final two innings.
Major League Baseball is back in Dyersville, a city of nearly 4,400, after a hugely successful first "Field of Dreams" game. Chicago White his Sox beat the New York Yankees 9–8 in his MLB first game in Iowa last year on Tim Anderson's electric homer.
However, the sequel lacked the drama of the original version. Chicago and Cincinnati fell out of contention long ago, with the Cubs taking the lead early on against Nick Rodoro (3-4).
Suzuki and Happ each hit an RBI double in the first, while Nico Horner recorded an RBI. After Rodro retired the first two batters, the rally began.
Madrigal scored an RBI to take his 4–0 lead in his fourth.
Cubs: Contreras rounded the bag with Patrick on his Wisdom single in his 3rd, then rushed back to his 2nd place, leaving his It looked like I rotated my left ankle. He was tagged out but returned behind the plate in the bottom half of the inning.
Reds: 2B Jonathan India (bruised leg) replaced by Reynolds before start of fourth . India was hit by a pitch in his left lower leg first.
After a holiday, his three-game series resumes in Cincinnati on Saturday. Graham Ashcraft (5-2, 3.94 ERA) is the pitcher for the Reds, while fellow right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-3, 3.83 ERA) is the starting pitcher for the Cubs.
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