Dyersville, Iowa — Drew Smiley took over after Griffey played catch in Iowa.
On Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2, in Major League Baseball’s second annual “Field of Dreams” game.
Seiya Suzuki reached three times and Nick Madrigal hit three at Throwback Stadium, a short walk from the main field in this beloved 1989 movie. Ian Happ had his two hits and drove in one run.
Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras said of the field, “It’s really magical.” “It has a certain kind of energy that I think is real.”
The night kicked off with Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.His father emerging from the iconic outfield corn stalk Unique versions of memorable scenes from the filmdelighted a sold-out crowd of 7,823.
“Dad, do you want a catch?” Junior said.
“I want it,” said Senior.
Griffey then announced that more parents and children would join the field with their own balls and gloves, followed by the Cubs and Reds in special uniforms inspired by the early 20th-century franchise’s look, to catch I played a ball.
“It’s incredible what they’ve accomplished here. …I think every baseball player should go through this,” Reds third baseman Kyle Farmer said.
Smiley (5-6) wins two games in a row, boosted by Chicago’s three-run lead. The veteran left arm allowed him four hits and walked two.
Rowan Wick worked in the ninth with the seventh save.
Cincinnati lost four games in a row. 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, with a population of approximately 4,400, after a hugely successful first “Field of Dreams” game. The Chicago Whites his Sox beat the New York Yankees 9–8 in his first MLB game in Iowa last year with Tim Anderson’s electric home run.
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, and Nico Horner had an RBI single. After Rodro retired the first two batters, the rally began.
Madrigal took a 4–0 lead with an RBI single in the fourth inning.