|Cincinnati Reds (46-54)
|Milwaukee Brewers (53-50)
|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.
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.
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.
David Bell on FSO on Nick Senzel's exit due to "illness":
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) July 24, 2019
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.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds
Friday July 26th, 6:40pm
TBA for Colorado vs. Luis Castillo (9-3, 2.36 ERA)