Despite neither the Chicago Cubs or Cincinnati Reds being anywhere near postseason contention this year, the magic of the Field of Dreams still captured fans across the country on Thursday, with the North Siders coming out on top in the second-ever Field of Dreams Game.
Although it lacked the high-stakes drama we got between the Yankees and White Sox in 2021, there were still a handful of moments worth remembering as we begin to wind down the regular season over the next six weeks.
3 memorable Field of Dreams Game performances: #3 – Drew Smyly’s gem
All those teams who didn’t feel like coughing up anything decent for Drew Smyly have to be kicking themselves about now. Since the trade deadline, the veteran left-hander has been a force to be reckoned with, making two starts and not allowing a single run across 11 2/3 innings of work.
Against Cincinnati, Smyly put it in cruise control early on with his family in the stands, tossing five scoreless innings and striking out a season-high nine. He worked through the Reds lineup flawlessly all night long. Apparently his preparation for the start, which entailed re-watching Field of Dreams the night prior, worked well because it was about as strong of a start as we’ve seen from the veteran all year.