|Cincinnati Reds (36-38)
|Milwaukee Brewers (40-36)
|W: Hernandez (2-3) L: Anderson (3-2)
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The game was long. And it wasn’t exactly pretty. But the Reds offense did more damage than the Brewers offense did on the night, and that’s all that matters. SIX WINS IN A ROW.
The Reds wasted no time on Friday night, though they got some help from the Brewers starter Chase Anderson. He walked Joey Votto, then hit both Eugenio Suarez and Derek Dietrich with pitches, then walked Yasiel Puig to put the Reds up 1-0. Jose Iglesias followed with a bloop single into center field to score 2 more runs and put Cincinnati up 3-0. They would extend their lead in the 3rd inning when Jose Peraza tripled in Dietrich and Iglesias, making it a 5-1 lead. Nick Senzel would lead off the 4th inning with a solo home run, his 8th homer of the season, to make it 6-1.
Holding onto a 6-4 lead, the Reds offense went back to work in the 7th. Another Derek Dietrich free trip to first base after being hit for the 3rd time in the game was followed by a single, two walks, and a 2-run single by Kyle Farmer. That capped off a 3-run inning and made it 9-4. But Cincinnati wasn’t finished. In the 8th inning as Yasiel Puig hit a 453-foot homer to make it 11-4. It was his 15th home run of the season and brought in Dietrich, who walked earlier in the game.
Jose Iglesias had 4 hits and is back over the .300 mark, sitting at .302 on the season now. Derek Dietrich scored 4 runs in the game while going 0-1.
It wasn’t the best start for Sonny Gray. He had allowed just 1 run through 4 innings, but the 5th inning is one that he couldn’t get through as he was charged with 3 runs in the inning and recorded just 1 out. His control wasn’t there as he allowed 6 hits – 2 of which were homers, and he walked 4 batters with 6 strikeouts on the day. He left the game with a lead, though, as the offense continues to swing the bats well. David Hernandez took over with 1 out in the 5th and got the job done, completing both the 5th and 6th innings without giving up anything more. Amir Garrett came on for the 7th inning, and while it wasn’t easy for him – he walked 2 batters, he also struck out the side.
After watching the Reds score 5 runs in the 7th and 8th innings, Matt Bowman took the mound in the 8th with an 11-4 lead. The right-hander pitched like he had a huge lead to work with, and the Brewers did some damage. He allowed 2 runs before walking Lorenzo Cain to put 2 runners on with 2 outs in the 8th inning, prompting a visit by manager David Bell and action in the bullpen. It didn’t work. Bowman walked Mike Moustakas to loaded the bases and that was the end of his night.
Michael Lorenzen was summoned from the bullpen to try and escape a bases loaded jam. He didn’t. Lorenzen walked Eric Thames on 5 pitches to make it an 11-7 game. Yasmani Grandal hit a flair on the infield and while it wasn’t pretty, Kyle Farmer made the play as Joey Votto was nearly pulled off of the bag by the throw, ending the inning and sending the game to the 9th. Lorenzen came back out for the bottom of the 9th, but walked Ryan Braun and allowed him to take second base before getting Orlando Arcia to fly out to Yasiel Puig deep into right field. That was enough for David Bell, who turned to Raisel Iglesias to try and get the final 2 outs. It took 2 pitches to get Hernan Perez to ground out and keep Braun at third base. He needed three pitches to get Ben Gamel to fly out to center to FINALLY end the game.
Notes Worth Noting
Nick Senzel left the game after hitting a solo home run in the 4th inning. The Reds announced that he left the game with a headache. Jeff Senzel said on twitter before the Reds said anything that it was a minor issue.
This feels like a reliable source for information that the organization has yet to supply. https://t.co/EnGz5fCjQ5
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) June 22, 2019
The Reds are now 36-38, have won 6 games in a row, and are just 4.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central Division. They are only 3.0 games out of the wild card spot.
Jesse Winker had an incredible pop-up-jump-over-the-third-baseman slide yesterday as he turned a sure out into a triple. Tonight he may have had a cooler slide as he scored on a Kyle Farmer 2-run single.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 22, 2019
Derek Dietrich is the first Reds player to be hit 3 times in a game. That also ties the modern Major League record.
Yasiel Puig’s 453-foot home run is the longest home run by a Reds player in the last two seasons.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers
Saturday June 22nd, 4:10pm ET
Luis Castillo (7-1, 2.26 ERA) vs Jhoulys Chacin (3-8, 5.60 ERA)