|Cincinnati Reds (36-40)
|Milwaukee Brewers (42-36)
|W: Woodruff (9-2) L: DeSclafani (4-4)
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After a 6-game winning streak the Reds are moving in the wrong direction, having lost 2 in a row to the Brewers to end the series.
Well, Joey Votto did his job on the day. He went 3-3, walked, and hit a 3-run home run in the 6th inning. The rumors of his demise seem to have been slightly exaggerated. Yasiel Puig wen 2-3 with a walk, double, and a late RBI as he drove in Nick Senzel from first base after he singled in the 9th to make it a 7-4 game. The Reds made things interesting late as Curt Casali singled in Puig to make it 7-5 and bring the tying run to the plate. But Jose Peraza flew out to the edge of the warning track on the next pitch to end the game.
Anthony DeSclafani started out well, striking out the first six batters of the game. But then the 3rd inning began with a Travis Shaw solo home run and the Brewers just went to work after that. They would score 4 more runs in the inning and jump ahead 5-0. DeSclafani would get the first out of the 5th inning, but then allow a double to Ryan Braun before being replaced by Zach Duke. He would allow that run to score, then another of his own on a 2-run homer.
Robert Stephenson and Matt Bowman came on for the 7th and 8th innings, both allowing 2 base runners in their inning, but both innings were scoreless with a strikeout.
Notes Worth Noting
While the 3rd inning didn’t go well for Anthony DeSclafani, in the end he did strike out the side – giving him 9 strikeouts through the first 3 innings of the game today. He’s only the second pitcher this year to do that.
The 6 strikeouts to begin a game for Anthony DeSclafani also tied a Cincinnati Reds record held by Robert Stephenson (2017).
Joey Votto is now hitting .260/.356/.407 on the season.
Depending on the outcome of the Mets vs Cubs game, the Reds will either be 5 or 5.5 games back of 1st place. A win keeps the Cubs in first place, but a loss would drop them a half-game behind the Brewers.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Los Angeles Angels
Tuesday June 25th, 10:07pm
Tyler Mahle (2-7, 4.17 ERA) vs Andrew Heaney (0-1, 5.68 ERA)