Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (36-39)
5 6 2
Milwaukee Brewers (41-36)
6 5 0
W: Albers (4-2) L: Castillo (7-2) S: Hader (18)
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An error in the first inning may have done the Reds in, even if they didn’t know it at the time. The winning streak it over at 6 games, and the Reds fall to 3 games under .500.

The Offense

The Reds got home runs from Yasiel Puig and Eugenio Suarez – with Puig’s 2-run homer in the top of the 1st inning giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. He drove in Derek Dietrich, who had tripled in Jesse Winker an at-bat earlier in the inning. But beyond that 3-run inning in the 1st, the Reds offense was mostly quiet. They only had 2 hits the rest of the game. Joey Votto would double and Jose Peraza would single – that was it.

The Defense

This may be what cost the Reds the game. An error by Jose Iglesias in the 1st inning led to 2 unearned runs. A misplay in center field by Jose Peraza that wasn’t an error in the scorebook led to 2 more runs in the 4th.

The Pitching

Luis Castillo had one of his worst starts of the season. The right-hander didn’t get out of the 4th inning and was charged with 4 earned runs, and 2 unearned runs, while giving up 5 hits and walking 5 batters. He did add 6 strikeouts to his season total. His ERA jumped up to 2.56 on the year.

The bullpen did their job. Michael Lorenzen, Robert Stephenson, Amir Garrett, Jared Hughes, and David Hernandez combined to throw 4.1 hitless innings, allowing just 1 walk and striking out 5 Brewers.

Notes Worth Noting

Amir Garrett lowered his ERA to 1.89 on the season. That’s better than Josh Hader’s 1.91 mark. Put Amir Garrett in the All-Star game.

Nick Senzel didn’t start, but he did come off of the bench as a pinch hitter.

Derek Dietrich set a Major League record by being hit by a pitch in the game, his 6th hit-by-pitch of the series. No one else has ever had that happen to them in a series before.

Joey Votto’s double got him on base for the 26th straight game at Miller Park. It also brought him within 2 spots of 3rd place on the Reds all-time list for doubles behind Concepcion.

The Cubs lost, so the Reds didn’t lose any ground on 1st place in the division. That’s got to count for something, right?

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday June 23rd, 2:10pm ET

Anthony DeSclafani (4-3, 4.22 ERA) vs Brandon Woodruff (8-2, 4.02 ERA)

5 Responses

  1. Reddawg12

    The Reds finally had an extended winning streak to balance out that horrendous start at the beginning of the season. Now we’ll see if they can continue playing above .500 baseball, or if they revert back to win one, lose one. Disappointing outings by our top two starting pitchers the last couple of days, particularly the lack of command. Although, as noted in the recap, the defense was partially to blame. Hopefully they can take the series tomorrow!

  2. Optimist

    He’s our ace, but he’s not yet an ace. A bad loss, but not desultory, comical, incompetent, or AAAAish like so many in the past few years. Good teams win these kind of games, great teams don’t have them. We’re fair, so far, and clearly improving. So there’s that . . .

  3. Scott Gennett

    If not for Castillo’s bad start, Reds may have taken this one too.

  4. Bruuuuuccceee

    One of those games where it seemed like we were destined to lose.

    – Iglesias make an E on a routine play
    – Iglesias gets thrown out on a ridiculous play by Moustakas/Arcia
    – Cain flails the bat at a pitch outside the zone and it falls in for RBI single. He couldn’t have thrown it in a more perfect spot.
    – Grandal leads off with a HR that barely clears the wall.

    Oh well, get it back tomorrow!

  5. Don

    Castillo just did nit have it vs Brewers again. That is twice this year on the road. A 3rd bad outing vs Brewers at home in 10 says not be good for an ace.

    Sunday game is important to get momentum back. Disco needs another strong outing vs other teams best pitcher for 2nd time in a row.
    Hope he is up to it. 3-1 is so much better than 2-2.