|Milwaukee Brewers (87-70)
|Cincinnati Reds (73-84)
|W: B. Suter (4-0) L: S. Gray (11-8) S: J. Hader (36)|
|Statcast | Gamecast | Game Thread|
It is—as Dusty Baker might say—the last rodeo at GABP for the Reds in 2019. Some of you are ready for the season to end. Not me. I need a little more before I say goodbye. Pittsburgh, here I come.
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More 1st inning offense for the Reds. Like a rainstorm just after I’ve washed my car, runs to begin the game are de rigueur for the home team this season. A double by Joey Votto and a double by Aristides Aquino plated the first run. A single by Tucker Barnhart upped the ante.
Ryan Braun homered in the 2nd inning and I’m sure it was a clean home run because Ryan Braun would never cheat:
“I have always stood up for what is right. Today is about everybody who has ever been wrongly accused and everybody who’s ever had to stand up for what is actually right. Today is not just about me, not just about one player. It’s about all players. It’s about all current players, all future players and everybody who plays the game of baseball.”
It makes the heart flutter. Next year, I hope his players’ weekend jersey spells “Tom Joad” on the back.
The 3rd inning undid Sonny Gray. A single and a double with a couple of walks mixed in made for a 2-run stew. Gray left the game after 5 innings having thrown 74 pitches and behind 3-2.
In the bottom of the 9th, trailing 4-2 with 2 outs, Christian Colon singled and Jose Peraza came within 5 feet of tying the game, doubling off the wall. Josh Hader would strike out Kyle Farmer and all but assure the Brew Crew will be one of the Wild Card representatives next week.
Joey Votto and Jose Peraza would both go 2-4 tonight. They represented the bulk of the Reds’ offense.
Matt Bowman came in in relief of Amir Garrett and kept the Brewers lead to 1-run, striking out 2 swinging.
Amir Garrett has had a shaky second half. That continued tonight. After a first batter strikeout, a walk to Yasmani Grandal and a double to Mike Moustakas ended his evening.
Matt Bowman came out for the 9th. Walks. They, you know, haunt. With Eric Thames on first, Lorenzo Cain singled, and with that, Matt was out of the game.
The Second Guess
Two more games with Marty. No more games for Sonny Gray this season. He’s been magnificent for the Reds. Here’s hoping he has another season like this in the wings for 2020.