Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (63-84) 4 7 3
Milwaukee Brewers (62-86) 8 12 0
W: Pena (2-0) L: DeSclafani (9-11)
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–Jay Bruce had a whale of a day, going 2-3 with two homers, two RBI’s, a walk, and three runs scored. Bruce’s first homer was particularly spectacular, a second decker that’s only doubt was if it would stay in the stadium. It’s a shame his second home came on the same day because any other day it would’ve been cause to fawn over the incredible feat of strength.

–Eugenio Suarez added a back-to-back jack after Bruce’s second homer that cleared the left-center wall. He also made a brilliant fading jump-throw in the first that was originally deemed too late at first but then overturned by replay. The play was the second of two great off-balance throws by Suarez in the inning.

–Carlos Contreras continues to execute the role of Reds’ garbage man beautifully, but in the sense of the word that applies to the job. The long reliever walked three and loaded the bases in the seventh, but worked out of that jam with a nice strikeout of Scooter Gennett. One-run was allowed in on Contreras’ watch, but it was due to a lackadaisical error by Suarez that would’ve ended the inning.

–Ryan LaMarre gunned down Scotter Gennett at the plate in the fifth inning with an absolutely marvelous throw.

–Anthony Disco DeSclafani gave the Reds 4.0 very strong innings, retiring 11 consecutive batters at one point. Only two hits in that span and a gorgeous strikeout of Ariel Pena with a 12-6 curve to lead off the third highlighted Disco’s start. But then…

–…the fifth inning started the wheels came off. Two leadoff singles were followed by an ugly error courtesy of DeSclafani on an easy double play ball. The error was then compounded by a terrible back up throw from Ryan LaMarre that sailed into the Brewers’ dugout bringing home a second run. Both errors flipped the tide of the game, knocking Disco out of the game a batter later, and ceding the lead for good.

–Eugenio Suarez can handle a bat. He can even make some flashy defensive plays. But the routine lapses on the easy plays prevent him from seizing Zach Cozart’s starting spot.

–Ryan LaMarre exited the game in the seventh after coming up lame on a groundout in the sixth. The report is that he has a strained right hamstring. He was replaced by Skip Schumaker. Still deciding which is more negative.

–Jumbo came in after Contreras and ran through the seventh with a walk, a walk, a double, a single, and then bounced back with a pair of strikeouts to limit the damage. Jumbo’s contribution this afternoon was putting the game firmly out of reach. It just hasn’t really been Jumbo’s year.

Not so Random Thoughts:
–Joey Votto drew two walks today and thus tied his own club record with 135. I feel like it’s a safe bet that Votto will break his own record.

–Tucker Barnhart contributed with an RBI single today and generally had a nice day all around. Barnhart won’t be a starting everyday catcher in this league, but he has definitely cemented himself as a serviceable replacement for Brayan Pena in both skill and niceness.

–The Reds’ core three are very good. Lovely.

–After Tucker’s single in the 6th, my live feed of the game went out never to return. Thankfully, MLB Gameday will continually provide a usable service to follow baseball. Also, nothing truly interesting happened after the sixth inning. So everything was okay.

Up Next:
The Reds travel to my neck of the woods to play the St. Louis Cardinals for a three-game set. Hopefully, our Redlegs will play spoiler to the Major League leading Cardinals.

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