The Short Version: Scooter Gennett breaks a ninth-inning tie with his 19th homer of the season — against his former team, no less — and the Reds win their fourth game in five days.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (56-70) 9 14 0
Milwaukee Brewers (70-58) 7 11 2
W: Iglesias (2-1) L: Jennings (4-5)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Well, Scooter Gennett hit a ninth inning solo homer that defeated his former teammates. That’s good, right? Scooter finished the night 2 for 4 with 3 RBI.

–Billy Hamilton had two outs and two runs scored from the leadoff spot. Brandon Dixon had two doubles and a run scored. Phillip Ervin had two hits and an RBI. Mason Williams singled, tripled, scored a run and drove in another.

–Cody Reed looked really good in his one inning of work. Our buddy Jason Linden had a very interesting conversation with Reed recently.

–Below, I’m going to criticize interim Reds manager Jim Riggleman, so it’s only fair to give him kudos for a good decision, bringing in Raisel Iglesias for a 5-out save. It didn’t necessarily work out the way we wanted, but it’s a smart move.

–Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suarez each singled, walked, and scored a run.

The Bad
–I’m very happy to defend Jose Peraza. He’s had a very good season in a lot of respects. Sometimes, however, he makes mistakes on defense that make me shake my head.

In the bottom of the eighth, with the Reds clinging to a one-run lead, Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton attempted a steal of second with no outs. Tucker Barnhart made an absolutely perfect throw to second…and Peraza just missed it. Really, that’s the only way to describe it. It hit Peraza in the wrist. I’m sure he would concede that it should have been caught and the tag applied.

Two batters later, Broxton scored the tying run.

–Interim Reds manager Jim Riggleman sent Michael Lorenzen to the plate to pinch-hit, then left him in to pitch. This is a good use of Lorenzen. Unfortunately, Riggleman is desperately in love with the bunt and just asked Lorenzen to lay one down in that pinch-hit appearance. Got in a two-strike hole quickly, then struck out. This is not smart managing.

–Also Riggleman ordered an intentional walk in the first inning. Draw your own conclusions about that decision.

–David Hernandez gave up two runs in a third of an inning.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Hey, the Reds have won four of the last five games. I’ll take it.

–Sal Romano surrendered four runs in the first — the Brewers batted around — and it looked like an awful night. But somehow, Romano escaped the “Bad” category above by settling down and pitching well afterward. He ended up making it through five innings, allowing just one more run after the first.

I don’t really know what to make of Romano’s season. This isn’t the first time he settled down after a rough start. Ultimately, Big Sally has a 5.46 ERA in 25 starts as a 24-year old. Not sure there is any justification for him being in the big leagues over Tyler Mahle, but I’m also nowhere near ready to give up on him either.

–I don’t know if Dilson Herrera will ever be able to play adequate defense at any position. But I’ve seen enough to know that this kid can flat out hit. Love having his bat in the lineup.

–Something else I’m sure of: Brandon Dixon can be an effective utility/bench guy for a good team in the big leagues. I hope that good team is the Cincinnati Reds National League Baseball Club.

–After one inning, the Reds were down 4-0 and it was looking like another ugly night. But the good guys bounced back in the top of the third. Dilson Herrera — after making a bad throw that should have been an error earlier in the game — led off with a double down the left field line. He scored one out later when Romano dumped a single into center, and the Reds were on the board.

Billy Hamilton singled, and Phillip Ervin followed with a single of his own that was misplayed by Brewers RF Eric Thames. Romano scored, making it a 4-2 game. A Scooter Gennett sac fly narrowed the Milwaukee lead to 4-3.

–Milwaukee got a run back in the bottom of the third (on a homer by Jeff Shaw‘s son), but the Reds bounced back in the top half of the fourth. Mason Williams doubled and Tucker Barnhart singled, giving the Reds two runners in scoring position with no outs. Williams scored on a fielder’s choice, and the Reds had drawn to within 5-4.

That’s when things got crazy. With two outs, Hamilton reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Then Ervin reached on an infield single, tying the game. Then Gennett reached on an infield single, giving the Reds a 6-5 lead. Then Hamilton scored on a passed ball. Reds 7, Brewers 5, and that’s the way it would stay for a while.

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  1. Sliotar

    That’s the Reds in Milwaukee type of game we have come to know and love (if the Reds win) or drink to (if the bullpen had gone on to blow it).

    All 8 position starters had at least 1 hit. Fun to see.

  2. Aaron Bradley

    Ok so day when Ramano is scheduled, let’s have Iglesias pitch the 1st inning. That we he “gets his work in” in a meaningful situation. Maybe Romano comes in and the hex is gone, he pitches lights out as a reliver… problem solved. LOL. Baseball is a crazy game, take a shot we are in last place here.

    • Aaron Bradley

      sorry for the typos I had some cool ones fellas, but you get my drift.. this team needs to get innovative and clever. How many times do we see Iglesias pitch a meaningless inning to get his work in.. this way you schedule him every 5 days for 1 inning in a meaningful situation… Hughes will be fine to close it out if needed. We need to think like the Nasty Boys pen from the last WS champs, roles were flexible not rigid.

  3. hof13

    I think there is an error: Under the good, you have Mason Williams singled. Still – enjoy your recaps the best. They make points succinctly without overkill – judicial choice of words you could say.

  4. Indy Red Man

    Nice comeback win! Not a Romano fan at all, but maybe if he threw 35 full speed pitches in the pen right before his starts? Its good for sinkerball pitchers to be a little tired. All I know is…tired of hearing about how he “settled down” after giving up big crooked numbers early. The Reds would be about 3-15 in his starts too if he had Homer’s luck. Nice to see Dixon get 2 doubles. I like him, but his swing gets a little long. He’s got pop if he figures it out!

    Scooter! 13 for his last 33 (.394) with 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 Hrs. Hope he can make a run for the NL batting title? They need to keep him!

    • Mike Adams

      As somebody pointed out in the last few days, Scooter has a shot at 200 hits which no Red has done since dinosaurs walked the earth.

      • David

        1973 was the last year a Red (Pete Rose) won a Batting Title.
        Pete batted 0.338 for the year with 230 base hits.

        And he started out the year (1973) with a sore hip, and complained that he couldn’t run very well, and how could Charlie Hustle play if he couldn’t run?

      • KDJ

        And yet, some would still complain about him. He only got that many hits because he doesn’t walk enough. He only got that many hits because he didn’t bunt enough. OK, maybe not the second one.

      • Matt Esberger

        Hal Morris came real close in 91. Lost out to Terry Pendleton by 1 point.

  5. Davy13

    It is really nice to have Scooter’s bat in the lineup. He has not dropped and has entered his prime. I think I rather have the team keep Scooter and figure out where to put him in the field when Senzel comes up.

    I did not see the game. How did Geno do at SS? Could the future hold for Geno @ SS, India @ 3B, Senzel @ 2B, Peraza @ CF, and Scooter as super sub for 2B & OF? Actually, now that I am tinkering with this, it may be best for the Reds to trade Scooter while he has value to make room for the young. What a nice a dilemma to have…

  6. Ronald Couch

    Ramano may best be served by being traded to Tampa Bay, where they start the closer, then bring Sal in the 2nd inning

  7. Jack

    Seems like they would have held off using Reed until today. He probably will be needed for multiple innings today.

  8. Mike Adams

    Maybe Barnhart should have thrown a better than perfect throw?
    Maybe Barnhart should have thrown to second, then ran there faster than the ball to apply the tag himself?
    Maybe in Milwaukee not catching the baseball isn’t an error?
    Maybe the scorer was having a Milwaukee brew and didn’t see the play?

  9. Mike Adams

    I am like you two, Chad and Wayne, but for me I never look since I know the Reds are not in the top 3 with no chance of getting there.
    To put it another way I am agreeing with Wayne, the standings are not relevant anymore since the Reds are near or at the bottom rung.

  10. Mike Adams

    Oh, I miss the days when a guy stayed with a team for quite a while, and all the players weren’t so interchangeable like checkers on a checker board.

  11. cfd3000

    Nice outing by Reed. Good night at the plate for Ervin, Dixon and Herrera. I’m not sold on Dixon yet but there’s clearly potential there and pop in his bat. I fear Herrera who clearly knows what to do with a bat in his hands, will have nowhere to play next year. If there’s barely room for Senzel, where does Dilson go? And Ervin is making a very nice case to be a corner outfielder next year or at least the fourth outfielder when Hamilton starts in those big parks out west.

    • David

      It’s really hard to take the idea that Hamilton will get more money in 2019 to be a 0.620 OPS light hittting CF. It reallly boggles the mind.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I’m usually very slow to jump on the bandwagon of a young guy up from the minors, but Phillip Ervin is an exception for me. He is showing that he can hit, and his confidence doesn’t shrink in big situations. The defense needs work, but that’s one aspect of the game that can get better with effort. If he continues to play as he has recently, next year he’s either a regular, a platoon regular or trade bait for good pitching.

      • Jim Walker

        It could come down to deciding is who is blocked versus who’s in the way. Different orgs answer those questions in different ways. If somebody else brings the pitching, maybe they go and Ervin fills their spot.

      • Jim Walker

        I know it is the ultimate in eye test; but, Ervin, at least over the last month, just looks the part of a serious player, warts and all, doesn’t he.

  12. lost11found

    They keep adding to the lineup, forcing people to play out of position. With a less than dominant pitching staff, that just magnifies the problem.

    Going off memory, but Quick pitch this AM said their staff ERA is 6-6.5 for August. I’d say the cubs made the best deal of the NL central picking up Hamels for the stretch drive. Especially with Darvish shut down for the year now.

  13. big5ed

    It is a little-known fact that the Reds have scored more runs than the Brewers this year, in two fewer games.

    Surpassing Milwaukee would require the Reds to get better starting pitching, which is certainly possible. In fact, the Reds next year could blow by the Brewers, who are not spring chickens and have some dubious starters of their own. Lorenzo Cain will be 33 next year; Ryan Braun, 34; Junior Guerra, 33; Eric “Ugh” Thames, 32; catcher Manny Pina, 32.

  14. big5ed

    I am probably much more optimistic on Romano than most. He reminds me of a young Aaron Harang or Rick Reuschel – not overpowering but big and, with some off-season work, potentially very strong. Getting in top physical condition, plus learning his craft more, could enable Romano to shorten his stride and dial back his effort, which should help his command immensely and give him durability.

    He does need to develop another pitch, but his breaking balls have good downward movement that should make him a good groundball pitcher. He also needs to clean up his first inning. Teams slug .537 off him in the first, and .444 the rest of the game.

    He is a 23rd-round pick who has already fully out-kicked his coverage. He just turned 24, so he has lots of room to develop and improve. He could be a great innings-eating type by next year.