The Cincinnati Reds swept a double header in Milwaukee against the Brewers on Thursday night behind huge days at the plate for Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker, and strong pitcher all around by the pitchers who gave up just one run across both games. The sweep moved the Reds into a tie with the Brewers for third place in the division, and saw them pick up two games on the second place Cardinals who were swept in a double header earlier in the day by the Pirates.
Game 1 Recap: Dingers and Pitching – the Reds win
|Cincinnati Reds (12-17)||6||12||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (13-16)
|W: Sonny Gray (5-1) L: Houser (1-3)
|Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
Jesse Winker, Nick Castellanos, and Sonny Gray – if all three of those guys have big days it’s likely a good one for the Reds. And that’s just what happened. Nick Castellanos hit a home run that would have landed in Canada had the stadium not been in the way, and Jesse Winker homered twice as the Cincinnati #2 and #3 hitters combined for three homers, went 6-6 with a walk, and drove in five. Sonny Gray tossed 5.0 shutout innings and the bullpen took care of the rest as the team took game one of the double header.
Everyone in the starting lineup except leadoff hitter Shogo Akiyama had a hit in the game. As noted above, Castellanos and Winker led the way and were the only players with multiple hits for the Reds in the game. Jose Garcia, Curt Casali, and Eugenio Suárez all had a walk to go with their hit in the game.
Jose Garcia made his Major League debut and singled in his first trip to the plate on a soft ground ball that slowly rolled up the line until it hit the third base bag and came to a stop. Later in the game he would add a walk, would add a stolen base, and he scored a run on a sacrifice fly.
Sonny Gray was exactly what you’d expect of the team’s ace. The right-handed starter threw 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks to go along with four strikeouts. He picked up his 5th win of the year, moving to 5-1 as he threw 85 pitches with 50 of those being strikes.
The bullpen covered the final two innings of the game. Nate Jones allowed a solo home run in 0.2 innings before handing things over to left-handed reliever Jesse Biddle who came in for 0.2 shutout innings of his own. David Bell handed the game to Robert Stephenson for the final two outs of the game as the righty took care of things in shutting down the Brewers.
Game 2 Recap: The offense, pitching keep rolling
|Cincinnati Reds (13-17)||6||9||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (13-17)
|W: Sims (2-0) L: Lindblom (1-2)
|Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
Wade Miley nearly matched Sonny Gray from game 1, throwing 4.0 shutout innings with just one hit allowed before handing over the game to the bullpen to try and hold onto a 4-0 lead. They did, and the offense built on their lead late with an Eugenio Suárez 2-run shot in the 7th.
After a quiet 1st inning, they got to work in the 2nd. Kyle Farmer and Tucker Barnhart hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 2-0. In the 5th inning they would play add on. Nick Castellanos doubled to bring Shogo Akiyama around from 1st base. Akiyama was initially called out at the plate, but upon replay review he was ruled safe thanks to an outstanding slide that saw him beat the tag by mere inches to make it 3-0. Jesse Winker followed with a double of his own to bring in Castallanos and make it 4-0. That’s where the score sat until the top of the 7th when Eugenio Suárez crushed a 2-run homer to make it 6-0.
Wade Miley needed a strong outing under his belt and the lefty got one. He gave up one hit, an infield single, in 4.0 shutout innings. Miley walked one batter and he struck out three before David Bell handed the ball over to Lucas Sims in the 5th. Sims went out there and took care of the Brewers in both the 5th and the 6th inning, firing 2.0 hitless frames with two walks and two strikeouts. That lowered his ERA on the season to 0.69 on the season. Raisel Iglesias came on for the 7th inning with the hopes it would be the last one of the game.
Notes worth noting
Jesse Winker now has more home runs as a designated hitter than any other player while wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform. Hat tip to Joel Luckhaupt for that one, via the Reds television broadcast.
Sonny Gray extended his Major League record to 40 games in a row without allowing more than six hits in a start.
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