Three days in Milwaukee, three days of Reds pitching getting destroyed by Brewers hitters. Today, that distinct honor went to Rookie Davis getting beat around in route to a 9-4 loss. The Reds were outscored in the three games in Milwaukee 29-12.

This series in Milwaukee was a quick reminder that there are growing pains with young pitchers. It was Amir Garrett on Monday (3.1 IP, 8 H, 9 ER), it Robert Stephenson in relief on Tuesday (0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER), and it was Rookie Davis today (2.1 IP, 11 H, 7 ER).

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (10-12) 4 8 1
Milwaukee Brewers (12-11) 9 14 3
W: Peralta (4-1) L: Davis (0-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Rookie Davis allowing a 2-run home run to Ryan Bruan with 0 outs in the 1st inning, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 15.1% (from 45.5% to 30.4%).

Positives

Eric Thames didn’t hit a home run!

Scott Schebler hit two home runs! It looks like Schebler might have turned a corner, as he is 6 for 15 with 3 HR over the last four games. Don’t look now, but Schebler now has 7 HR and a 112 wRC+.

Joey Votto and Adam Duvall also homered. The bad news today was that all four home runs were of the solo variety. Votto and Duvall both now have 7 HR on the season. Remember, Votto hit just 2 home runs in all of April last season.

Cody Reed pitched two innings in relief. He wasn’t perfect, but he was a lot better than Rookie Davis. Reed walked 2 batters, gave up 3 hits, and 1 earned run, but he did strike out 4 batters. I think the Reds are just limiting Reed’s innings right now, and plan on putting him in the rotation relatively soon for the remainder of the year (at least that is what I gathered from Dick Williams interview with Chad Dotson last week).

Drew Storen pitched 1.2 perfect innings just to get some work in today. Storen struck out 2 batters today, and how has a 0.82 ERA/2.21 FIP with 13 K and 4 BB in 11.0 IP this season. What a nice pickup he is looking out to be. If the Reds are out of it by the deadline, he could potentially be flipped for a nice prospect.

Wandy Peralta also pitched a perfect inning. He now has a 0.93 ERA/2.01 FIP with 14 K and 2 BB. The Reds just might have found their go-to left-handed reliever with Cingrani on the DL.

Negatives

Rookie Davis: Yikes. I like Rookie and his future with the Reds, but it doesn’t look like that future is now. He now has a 11.17 ERA/7.29 FIP through his first three big league starts.

The rest of the squad all performed pretty well. It is rare to only have one really negative performance when you lose 9-4, but today was that case.

Not so random thoughts……….

Today’s game was not broadcast by either the Reds or Brewers on TV,  but there was video broadcast on MLB.com. That broadcast featured the Brewers longstanding radio play-by-play guy Bob Uecker. He is such a great listen.

Up Next:

Reds at Cardinals
Friday, 8:15 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Tim Adleman (2.70 ERA) vs Lance Lynn (2.70 ERA)

 

All photos are used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and ESPN Stats & Info.