Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (46-53)
14 17 2
Milwaukee Brewers (53-50)
6 10 1
W: Roark (6-6)  L: Davies (8-3) S: Romano (1)
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With two different 2-run home runs in the first inning for the Reds, the game was never in doubt. The Cincinnati offense would explode for 14 runs in a blowout win over the Brewers.

The Offense

Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker both smacked 2-run homers in the 1st inning, giving Cincinnati a 4-0 lead. That is where the score held until the top of the 5th. That’s when the Reds put together a rally with RBI hits from Suarez (single) and Phillip Ervin (triple). Scooter Gennett capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly. The 5-run inning made it 9-0.

After the Brewers got on the board with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 5th, the Reds went back to work at the plate. Joey Votto still bangs, and he banged a home run off of the sign over the seats in right field for his 9th homer of the year. Nick Senzel had walked earlier in the inning and scored, giving the Reds an 11-2 lead. Milwaukee got those runs back, plus another one in the bottom of the inning though. The Reds didn’t mind and got them back on the other side. Ryan Lavarnway singled in Scooter Gennett and Jose Peraza drove in two runs of his own to extend the lead to 14-5.

Nick Senzel, Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Yasiel Puig, Jesse Winker, Phillip Ervin, Scooter Gennett, Jose Igleisas, and Ryan Lavarnway all reached base at least twice in the game. Let’s do that every night, yes?

The Pitching

With a huge early lead, Tanner Roark was on cruise control through the first four innings of the game. But the Brewers got to him in the 5th inning, scoring two runs. He would strike out five and walk just one while giving up six hits. Robert Stephenson took over in the 6th inning. While his ERA went down, he had some struggles. A catchers interference led to three unearned runs on the line, but all three of those runs came on a 3-run homer.

Sal Romano came on for the final three innings of the game in what was his 2019 debut in the Majors. He would allow a run in the 8th inning, but made otherwise quick work of things – including a game ending double play to pick up his first career save in the Major Leagues.

Notes Worth Noting

The platoon of Jesse Winker and Phillip Ervin continues to pay off. Winker went 2-2 with a 2-run homer on the night. Ervin came on and went 1-2 with a walk, triple, and 3 RBI after replacing him.

The Pittsburgh Pirates did two things right on Tuesday night. They lost to the Cardinals, which coupled with the Reds win, puts Cincinnati in 4th place in the division. They also had pup in the park night, and well, this graphic was on their broadcast and it’s just great.

When learning to dance from Joey Votto is more important than being the bat boy…..

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Wednesday July 24th, 2:10pm

Lucas Sims (1-0, 3.72 ERA) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.67 ERA)

10 Responses

  1. Ed

    What a fun game. Good to see a win again and the bats come alive.

  2. Hank

    I just wanted to say that the reason the Reds won is because I wore my Cincinnati Reds T-Shirt all day and the additional Mojo that generated is what gave the Reds the energy to pound the Brewers!
    Your welcome.
    In case you’re wondering, I am wearing the same shirt now and will have it on all day until the game is over . . . hope it didn’t exhaust all its mojo on yesterday’s game . . .

  3. TR

    The insertion of Ervin into the lineup has helped to cause pummel time in the Reds offense. And a decent start by Roark helps his trade value.

  4. CFD3000

    That was fun. Great to see the Reds take it to Davies, and now in position for a road sweep and three days in Milwaukee without a Hader sighting. Roark only added to his trade value and I do hope the Reds cash that in. I loved the story about how he’s using high speed cameras and spin data to make all his pitches look the same coming out of his hand.

    Votto looked so relieved after great results – three bullets in 4 AB’s – that maybe he’s found a new approach and will go on a long tear. The top 6 of Senzel, Votto, Suarez, Puig, Winker/Ervin and VanMeter (the new second baseman) could be seriously good. I can dream, right? Now let’s see another no doubter for the sweep against Chacin. Go Reds!

  5. Scott C

    When was the last time you saw a three inning save? Way to go Big Sally.

    • Roger Garrett

      Great point.Sal saved us when it looked like Bell may have to use a bunch of guys to get the win.I watched him throw all 3 innings and at times he dominated by just saying here it is hit.I know it was a blow out but those 3 innings means everybody else is available today.Offense kept scoring and they need to do that today.Very Very important game for he Reds today.Have to sweep.

  6. Scott in Texas

    Let’s give D Bell credit for pinch-hitting Ervin for Winker to get the Righty/Lefty matchup, even though Winker was 2-2 at the time. Had Ervin failed, I’m fairly certain there would have been complaints about Bell’s ineptitude.

  7. SultanofSwaff

    I’m conflicted about whether they should go for it or not. On the go for it side the schedule the rest of the season is pretty favorable, but the flipside is that leapfrogging 5 or more teams seems impossible. It’s so like the Reds to tease a winning streak right before the trade deadline.

  8. TR

    Winning streak or not, I hope the Reds FO proceeds to make a good trade for Roark and perhaps others as planned. The road blocks and question marks around 2nd. base, shortstop, catching and centerfield must be cleared as the Reds, with the makings of a good team, look toward 2020.