Chicago Cubs fans are furious after Monday's loss to Cincinnati Reds

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The Chicago Cubs Monday night game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark could have been a good "get right" game. After winning on Opening Day, they lost the final two to the Milwaukee Brewers in their first series and had a chance to snap the streak against the Reds.

Despite Cody Bellinger recording his first hit as a Cub, a three-run blast in the first inning, Dansby Swanson going 3-5 and Eric Hosmer recording an RBI double, the Cubs fell to the reds 7-6. What should have been the "get right" game ended up being an infuriating loss.

They lost a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as the Reds dinked and dunked starter Drew Smyly to death, and then lost a 6-4 lead in the fifth when David Ross left Smyly in to give up a three-run shot to Jason Vosler. Smyly surrendered all seven runs. Despite outhitting the Reds 12-10, the Cubs could not get that big hit in the late innings with runners on.

What fans are probably most upset about is how Ross managed this game. Several decisions had fans scratching their heads. Letting Smyly stay in after putting the tying run on in the fifth was just one of several questionable moments. One could count Yan Gomes pinch-hitting with the bases loaded instead of Nick Madrigal as another one. Not to say Madrigal would have necessarily come through, but Gomes did not look competitive in the at bat at all and struck out.

The biggest headscratcher? Patrick Wisdom staying in the game after taking a fastball near the wrist, then having him try to bunt (he popped up for an unproductive out) with two on and nobody out in the seventh...only to let him swing in the ninth. Mindboggling. Now he needs X-rays, after being allowed to stay in. Either take him out if he is hurt or let him swing.

We have seen a lot of frustrating losses in that ballpark in Cincinnati. It never feels like a lead is safe and the Reds seemingly have always been able to put up a lot of runs on the board against the Cubs in a big hurry. Even after taking a 3-0 lead in the first, there was that feeling the Reds could come right back and sure enough...they did. That movie has been played way too many times over the years. It is just a shame too that we could not celebrate Bellinger breaking through, Swanson continuing to hit or Keegan Thompson pitching lights out in relief.

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Now at 1-3 the Cubs hope Hayden Wesneski can help get the team back on track. The past few days have been very frustrating and fans do not want to lose faith too early.