|Cincinnati Reds (7-8)
|Milwaukee Brewers (5-7)
|W: DeSclafani (1-0) L: Anderson (0-1) SV: Iglesias (2)
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An early 3-run moonshot from Eugenio Saurez held up as Anthony DeSclafani and the bullpen shut down the Milwaukee Brewers (5-7) offense on Saturday night. The win moved the Cincinnati Reds (7-8) into second place in the National League Central.
Phillip Ervin led off the game with an infield single on a dribbler up the third base line. After Nick Castellanos lined out, Joey Votto reached safely on an error to put runners on the corners. That brought Eugenio Suarez to the plate and he didn’t waste time taking advantage of the additional baserunner provided by the Brewers defense as he hit a home run back to Cincinnati. Sure, Hawk-Eye measured it at 427 feet, but they were incorrect as it’s much farther to Cincinnati from home plate at Miller Park than that.
The offense was a bit quiet in the 2nd and 3rd, but that changed in the 4th. Jesse Winker was hit by a pitch with one out, and then Freddy Galvis singled to put two men on. Kyle Farmer had what was essentially a swinging bunt to move the runners up a base each. That turned the lineup over and Phillip Ervin followed with a 4-pitch walk to load the bases and run Brett Anderson from the game. Milwaukee went to their bullpen, bringing in Corbin Burnes to face Nick Castellenos with the bases loaded and two outs. Burnes came out ahead in this match up, going to a full count before a 97 MPH fastball at the knees went for a swinging strike three to end the threat.
Kyle Farmer got the offense going again in the 7th inning by drawing a bases loaded walk to start the frame. David Bell went to his bench to pinch hit for Phillip Ervin and Shogo Akiyama came through with a triple to make it 4-0 for the Reds. Joey Votto hit a ball into shallow center and after trying to tag up, Akiyama was thrown out at the plate by 6 feet to end the inning.
After a quiet 8th inning, the Reds threatened again in the 9th. Freddy Galvis and Kyle Farmer went down to begin the inning, but Shogo Akiyama walked and then Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch in the shoulder on a fastball that got way too close to his head for comfort. But Joey Votto struck out on three pitches to end the threat and send the game to Raisel Iglesias for the bottom of the 9th.
Anthony DeSclafani was making his second start of the season and early on he looked good. He worked around a 1-out walk of Kestron Hiura in the 1st inning, struck out the side in the 2nd, and faced the minimum in the 3rd after a leadoff single was erased on a ground ball double play.
The middle three innings of the game were there for DeSclafani, too. In the 4th inning he got a 1-2-3 of Hiura, Yelich, and Morrison. The next frame was another 1-2-3 effort where he needed just seven pitches. The 6th inning started with a strikeout of Brock Holt and Orlando Arcia grounded out – but both went to full counts. Eric Sogard lined a single to right field that Nick Castellanos almost came up with on a sliding attempt. That ended a streak of 10 consecutive outs. The Reds righty came back to strike out Hiura to end the inning and preserve a 3-0 lead through six. That would end the night for DeSclafani, who fired out six shutout innings on just two hits and a walk.
Amir Garrett took the mound to begin the 7th inning to face the heart of the lineup for the Brewers. He struck out Christian Yelich on four pitches, then got Logan Morrison to ground out to shortstop for the second out of the inning. Garrett had to work to retire Avisaild Garia, but on the 7th pitch of the at-bat he locked him up on a 95 MPH fastball to send the game to the 8th inning and lower his ERA to 1.59 early on this season.
Michael Lorenzen came on to start the 8th inning and things just can’t ever be easy. Ben Gamel led off with a double to center field. Omar Narvaez came up next and singled to center to put runners on the corners. Brock Holt hit a fairly deep fly ball to get the Brewers on the board with a sacrifice fly. Lorenzen buckled down against Orlando Arcia and Eric Sogard, fanning Arcia and getting Sogard to fly out to send the game to the 9th with a 4-1 lead.
With a save situation present, David Bell went to Raisel Iglesias to try and lock things down. After a first pitch ball to Keston Hiura, Iglesias went 96, 89, then 97 for three straight strikes for the first out. Christian Yelich jumped ahead 2-0, but would ground out for the second out. Just like he began the inning, Iglesias finished it – with a strikeout, getting Logan Morrison to swing over three straight change ups.
Notes worth noting
Jesse Winker, who was hit in the elbow by a pitch in the 4th inning, was removed from the game. Travis Jankowski came in and moved into center, with Phillip Ervin sliding to left field.
David Bell said Winker will be fine, came out after HBP #Reds
— C. ???????????? (@ctrent) August 9, 2020
Joey Votto’s strikeout in the top of the 9th was only his second of the season. He’s had 52 plate appearances this year. Two strikeouts, 10 walks.
Anthony DeSclafani has thrown 11.0 shutout innings to start the year and has walked just one batter.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers
Sunday August 9th, 2:10pm ET
Sonny Gray (3-0, 0.96) vs. Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 2.08)