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. Seat101

    How in the world is it possible that Jose Perez it did not get an error on that play?

    • 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

      • Indy Red Man

        I think they said no Red has won the batting title for 45 years. Pete?

      • 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?

      • WVRedlegs

        To go along with this, no Red has led the NL in RBI’s since 1985, Dave Parker. Suarez is now in the RBI lead at 92.

      • Matt Esberger

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

      • 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.

  6. Wayne Nabors

    Same here chad,as sad as it is I really don’t look at standings either,just not relevant anymore

    • 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.

    • Hotto4Votto

      I only look to see what draft position we’re in.

  7. 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…

  8. jreis

    fun game to watch. I alternate my thinking daily regarding Scooter vs Senzel as our future second baseman. tonight I go with Scooter. lol

    I Think next year we should try something different and place Romano in Mahle in the bullpen at the beginning of the year even if that means starting out with a 4 man rotation. we can reinsert them into the starting rotation later In the year, so they don’t have to be “shut down” in August and SEPTEMBER.

  9. 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

  10. Klugo

    What a sweet swing. Is that what you would call “textbook”?

    Was that intentional walk in the 1st to Thames? If so, Pass.

  11. Jack

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

  12. Indy Red Man

    I think Milwaukee reminded me that you can’t construct a real team like fantasy baseball. Moose is not a 3rd baseman? I can’t imagine Shaw would have any range at 2B and Thames is a horrible OF’er. The Brewers pen can only do so much? I think the Reds could easily position themselves to pass Milw and Pittsburgh by 2020. The Cubs and Cards are a different story though? St. Louis has built up some impressive pitching depth. Carlos Martinez and Wacca have been out. Alex Reyes missed the whole year and they still keep rolling along. The Reds are developing hitting depth like that, but obviously the starting pitching has to get much better?

    • 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.

    • 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.

  13. msanmoore

    It was getting late … and I had a sinking feeling after the Bernie’s closed it to within 1 run. So I turned it off with the hope that I would read a positive recap. Thank you, Scooter, for delivering again. Not sure how long we’ll keep you or what 2019 will bring if you stay, but it’s been a very fun ride.

    • 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.

      • msanmoore

        Less of a business then, more of a game. And pitchers throwing 250+ innings. Of course, I wouldn’t want to go back to the concrete dish stadiums with Astroturf …

  14. 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.

      • Indy Red Man

        It would be crazy for a small market team to keep giving million $ raises to a 1 dimensional player? His steals are down. Winker/Schebler/Ervin left to right with Mason Williams and Dixon as the backups….maybe Senzel?

      • Jim Walker

        I think the Reds need to find out if Ervin can play the middle every day in all parks.

      • Indy Red Man

        Scary? The cutoff man has 2 options there…..go halfway to Schebler to retrieve his wormburner or watch Ervin airmail it 25 feet over your head?

      • 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.

      • old-school

        An outfield of Winker in LF, Schebler in CF and Ervin in RF should be examined. Yes, defense might be an issue.

        But, that’s a young OF that can hit and with regular positions every day they might improve.

        More importantly, if the Reds were to trade Hamilton and Gennett in the off-season and go with Senzel and Peraza in the middle infield, that’s 5 essentially minimum salaries with Barnhart and Suarez as high value affordable young veterans. Baileys salary comes off the books next year and the bullpen and bench are cheap as well.

        There’s the money for a top shelf lefty starter and extensions to your core guys.

        Baseball America recently named TJ Friedl with the best strike zone discipline in his league. He’s got no power but his avg/OBP/speed and defense look like a perfect fit as a 4th OF and occasional platoon leadoff hitter in CF. He could be a call up by second half of 2019. His on base skills look impressive at AA. Trammell looks further away and Siri is not improving his plate discipline or walks/K ratio.

  15. Matt WI

    These two teams play some crazy baseball when they get together sometimes. That 4th inning was about as ugly and strange as it gets, even if it was good for the Reds. Very fun to see Counsell try to play lefty/lefty match-up ball with 2 outs in the 9th and have Scooter burn him.

    • Jim Walker

      Don’t they? And with Stephenson on the mound today, why should we expect anything approaching sane, even if he is “on”.

      • Matt WI

        Brewers fans will likely be circling last night’s game if/when push comes to shove in late September in their race for the playoffs. That was a major oops for them.

  16. 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.

    • old-school

      I like the Harang comparison. Big frame with easy gas at 94-95 and durable.

  17. msanmoore

    Two things only partially related to the game (because I watch it on …

    1 – Loved the side story about Altuve’s “first hit” ball being the one from his rehab assignment in AAA. Completely forgot he went from AA to MLB and spent no time at AAA until this rehab stint.

    2 – Anybody else getting completely annoyed with the “BLAST” commercials between innings? I’m especially not fond of the baseball dad looking at the stats from an 8-year-old boy noting the boy’s bat speed needs to step up. Made me want to smack the guy as I imagined he’s projecting something onto a little kid who could probably use to be a kid first.

    May have the chance to have the game on one computer during the afternoon meetings. We’ll see how long that lasts. And we’ll see how long Bob Steve lasts as well.

  18. Joel

    Maybe I’m being too strict in my definitions here, but as far as I can tell, the Reds have only two guys who can “flat out hit”: Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez (honorable mention to Scooter).

    I don’t follow why there is a story line forming that Dilson Herrera can “flat out hit” but Brandon Dixon might be a “nice utilities player” for some team. Of the following two slash lines, which would you say is the player who can “flat out hit”? 297/367/465 or 345/389/570? The obvious answer based on those stats is number 2, which is Brandon Dixon…in AAA. In the majors, both players have too little sample size to tell, but so far their figures are also nearly identical as they were in AAA this year. Certainly, Herrera has had some nice at bats, some of them in high leverage situations. That’s great. But based solely on numbers, I don’t understand why there are two separate story lines for each player. What is it? Does someone have some insight?

    Is it that Dilson is younger and therefore might have more upside? That argument might have a point, but there is certainly no law that says players have to get better once they get past birthday number 25. Both could be at their ceiling or neither could be.

    In any case, I’m not sure it matters all that much. The team needs hitting more than it does good hitting fielders, as soon as we solve center field (and with Winker, Schebler, Ervin and one of Williams/Herrera/Dixon, I’m not too worried about it). So, if a team is willing to give up a good SP in exchange for Herrera and/or Dixon we should accept, assuming of course it truly is a good deal. I just think that the story lines that Herrera is some pure hitter but Dixon is only utility is pure fabrication. Unless I’m missing something. Am I?

    • greenmtred

      Herrera has had the reputation of being a good hitter since before the Reds got him. He’s been injured for quite awhile, so didn’t do anything to dispel that idea. People have mentioned that Dixon has a long swing which, if true, could spell trouble. Otherwise, I don’t know. Maybe they can both hit, and wouldn’t that be great?