Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (46-54)
4 9 1
Milwaukee Brewers (53-50)
5 6 1
W: Albers (5-3) L: Sims (1-1) S: Peralta (1)
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The Reds jumped to to a 2-0, and a 4-2 lead early on in the game, but the Brewers were able to avoid the sweep by coming back and scoring 3 runs in the 5th inning. Both bullpens were nails and held the score there the rest of the way.

The Offense

Nick Senzel led the game off with a single. But that’s where the good news stopped as after he reached first base he was removed from the game. There was a lot of speculation, given his past, with what could have been going on. The official word from the Cincinnati Reds is that he was removed from the game with “illness”, but they did not specify beyond that. He was replaced by Phillip Ervin, who would score the games first run on a Josh VanMeter single. Scooter Gennett would double later in the inning and bring in Yasiel Puig to make it 2-0.

After the Brewers tied the game up in the bottom of the inning, Joey Votto came through with a go-ahead single that scored Phillip Ervin. In the third inning they Reds played add on when Josh VanMeter punished a baseball 463 feet into the deep part of the park in Milwaukee to make it 4-2. But that was the last time the Reds would push a run across the plate on the day.

Josh VanMeter had himself a big day, going 3-4 with a double, home run, and 2 RBI. His OPS is up to .804 in the limited action he’s had in the Majors this season. Phillip Ervin was the only other Red to have multiple hits on the day, finishing 2-4.

Juan Graterol exited the game after taking a pair of foul balls off of his mask. The Reds catcher situation just continues to get worse.

The Pitching

Lucas Sims got the start for Cincinnati, his second of the year. After being given a 2-0 lead in the first he allowed both of those runs to come back in the bottom of the inning. He settled in after that, well, until the 5th inning. That’s when the Brewers went back to work. Keston Hiura led off with a home run. Orlando Arcia then walked before the next two hitters made easy outs. Lorenzo Cain, though, singled and that brought an end to the day for Sims. Amir Garrett then came on to face Christian Yelich and walked him. Yasmani Grandal then singled in two runs to put the Brewers on top 5-4.

Wandy Peralta came on after both Amir Garrett and Jared Hughes tossed 0.2 innings of relief. Peralta worked around two bases loaded situations in the 7th inning without giving up a run. Michael Lorenzen came on for the 8th inning and fired a perfect frame to give the Reds a chance to tie things up with a run in the top of the 9th. They didn’t.

Notes Worth Noting

The story of this game may wind up being Nick Senzel exiting the game. As noted above, during the game it was announced that he left the game with “illness”. Following the game manager David Bell said that he wasn’t feeling well, but didn’t really expand on that.

Josh VanMeter’s 463-foot home run was the longest of the season for the Cincinnati Reds.

Tucker Barnhart is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Louisville on Thursday…. but given the catching situation in Cincinnati, we will see how that goes.

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17 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    Brewers TV in 9th ….

    “Peralta’s last save was in 2017, while playing at Double A Biloxi.”

    Too bad the Reds could not punish Counsell’s gambling with a closer, but a much
    needed series win nonetheless.

  2. Tomn

    Garrett has looked awful since coming back. Don’t think he’s right. He’s been of little value since his return.

    • BK

      Maybe he needed the rehab appearance they had him scheduled for. Scooter looks like he was rushed back from the IL as well. I get that it’s decision time with the trade deadline looming, but I’d rather see the Reds use their depth than put the “best” players on the field when they don’t appear to be at their best.

  3. Tomn

    When Senzel was batting in the 1st, something about him seemed odd. At one point he looked up at the sun and then back down and it seemed like he was uncomfortable. And yet he still got a solid base hit.

    Hope he’s okay.

    • MrRed

      Thom and the Cowboy were speculating that he seemed dizzy when he was exiting the game. Only speculation of course but it jives with what you mentioned. If he’s had another recurrence of vertigo, in the middle of the summer no less, then that’s a real concern. It starts to look like it’s not a seasonal allergy related thing and makes it seem to be a more serious issue. Really hoping it’s nothing at all like that. He’s been a real bright spot for the club and the team’s future outlook.

  4. Indy Red Man

    Senzel seems to be snake bit? If his career went Nick Esasky then I think that would be about the final nail in the organizational coffin. He’s only 1 guy, but its not like most of their high draft picks are blossoming. Hopefully its nothing major, but how many times has he been sidelined in the last 2-3 years?

    JVM!! The kid can hit! I saw it immediately…even when he started 1 for 12 or whatever. He’s selective and has a short swing! Its just figuring out where the pieces fit for next year!

  5. Jreis

    Similar pattern this year. Reds jump out to a 3 or 4 run lead. Opposition Claws it way back to take a one run lead. Then reds bats go silent. We are having trouble generating single runs late in games.

    If Senzel is out for the season I say bring up Siri. The kid can play center with the best of them. Keep the winker/Ervin platoon.

    • PhP

      Based on this year? Yes. Based on his previous 2 half seasons of abs and minor league numbers? I don’t think that’s definitive.

      I like Ervin and Vanmeter too and hope they can be part of the new core, but don’t be too quick to make definitive statements after 100 abs. Then next year if they struggle (Winker’s 108 wrc+ isn’t even close to terrible) then what will you say?

      • Pete

        All three look like they can be a force. Very encouraging. It could all fall apart at anytime but I’m really enjoying it today – thinking of the possibilities.

        Posted this in the game thread, wRC+:
        Winker: 109
        Senzel: 108
        VanMeter: 113
        Ervin: 165

        Not too shabby.

      • PhP

        Yeah I definitely agree the outfield looks pretty well set up for the future. SS and C are my biggest concerns as well, hoping Votto can be above average for a few more seasons at least.

      • LWblogger2

        My take too. I think right now Ervin may be the better overall player but it’s close and Winker’s offensive upside means he’s more likely to be the better overall player in the future.

    • BK

      I think Winker may have been somewhat affected by last year’s shoulder injury earlier in the season. His June and July numbers look pretty good. Ervin and VanMeter look pretty good, too. Pretty good problem to have.

      • Indy Red Man

        They look good, but not for long enough to say that they could deal Puig w/confidence. Not to mention Senzel seems snakebit somewhat. I don’t know if Ervin a full-time CF candidate or Winker will ever hit lefties consistently either? It does feel like they can piece together a really good lineup if the 1B, SS, and C can produce enough!

    • Klugo

      He’ll still be slow. Very slow. Painfully slow. He’ll have to become Mark McGuire at the plate.

      • Pete

        Or a guy with a +.400 OBP with decent power, maybe 20 HRs a year. It would help if they could move him to 1B at some point. Looks like the Reds could be stacked in the outfield especially the corners. – I’m anxious to see Aquino next as it’s possible he could be the big power hitter they need.

      • Big Ed

        Pete, I agree Winker could develop into a .400 OBP / 20 HR guy. He is close to it already, being on pace for 20 homers, and a career .375 OBP.