|Cincinnati Reds (11-16)||2||5||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (12-15)
|W: Anderson (2-2) L: Bauer (3-1) SV: Hader (6)
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Another day and another struggle for the Cincinnati Reds offense. Trevor Bauer was solid in his start, allowing four runs in 6.1 innings while striking out eight batters, but that was too much for the struggling offense to overcome against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
There wasn’t much going for the Reds in the first five innings of the game. They had a few hits, but those baserunners were almost immediately erased on double plays. But things started turning around in the 6th when Curt Casali got a hanger and put it into the seats in left field to cut into the Brewers lead and make it 4-1. The next inning it was time for Eugenio Suárez to follow up his outstanding defensive play in the previous half-inning with a solo home run of his own to make it 4-2.
Unfortunately the offense went quiet in the 8th inning, setting up what would be a match up against Josh Hader, who hadn’t allowed a hit all season in seven games. Joey Votto made Hader work for it, though, and Votto came out ahead by working a walk on six pitches. Nick Castellanos also made Hader work for it, but he eventually struck out on the 8th pitch of the at-bat for the first out of the inning. Eugenio Suárez popped out, bringing up Matt Davidson to face off against the lefty ace from the Brewers bullpen. It wasn’t to be as Davidson grounded into a force out to end the game.
The Brewers got to Trevor Bauer early after Christian Yelich doubled and scored on a single by Justin Smoak in the 1st inning to take a 1-0 lead. Smoak did damage again in the 3rd, crushing a 2-run homer into the upper deck in right field to make it 3-0 for the Brewers. Omar Narváez added to the Milwaukee lead in the 4th inning with a solo home run. Bauer worked around a hit in each of the 5th and 6th innings to keep them at four runs as the Reds offense went to work to try and get back into things. When he took the mound to start the 7th it was trailing 4-2.
But a walk with a steal led off the inning and following a line out that moved Avisail Garcia to third, the Reds opted to intentionally walk Christian Yelich and then bring in Tejay Antone. He got Keston Hiura to fly out for the second out of the inning and Nick Castellanos throw kept Garcia at third. Antone followed that up with a strikeout to end the inning and strand both runners.
Robert Stephenson, who was activated from the injured list earlier in the day, took the mound for the bottom of the 8th. It wasn’t easy, but Stephenson got through the inning in 1-2-3 fashion to keep it a 2-run game.
Notes worth noting
Offense still struggling to figure something out.
Tejay Antone has struck out 22 of the 62 batters that he’s faced this season. The Reds rookie reliever lowered his ERA to 1.65 on the season as he continues to break out in 2020.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers
Tuesday August 25th, 8:10pm ET
Luis Castillo (0-3, 4.44 ERA) vs Brandon Woodruff (1-2, 3.23 ERA)