The Milwaukee Brewers came out in front in a back-and-forth game against the Reds on Saturday evening in Cincinnati with a pinch-hit home run by Daniel Robinson in the 7th inning being the difference maker.
|Milwaukee Brewers (22-23)
|Cincinnati Reds (20-24)||3||7||0|
|W: Suter (3-2) L: Hembree (0-1) SV: Hader (10)
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After the Brewers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the 3rd inning, the Reds got things back and then some in the bottom half. Scott Heineman crushed a 2-2 pitch into the Milwaukee bullpen to tie the game up. Two batters later it was Jesse Winker homering again – his 12th of the year – to put Cincinnati out front 2-1.
In the 6th inning both teams got on the board again. Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead in the top half In the bottom half Nick Castellanos doubled and scored on a single back up the middle by Tyler Stephenson to tie the game up.
The offense went quiet from there, with only a single by Jonathan India in the hit column in the 7th inning before striking out five times in the next two innings against Devin Williams and Josh Hader as the Brewers held on for a 4-3 win.
Sonny Gray went 1-2-3 in the 1st inning and he struck out the side in the 2nd inning. He struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. to start the 3rd inning, but then things went south. Luis Urias homered to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Gray then walked pitcher Brett Anderson and Lorenzo Cain. In both a good and scary scenario, he got Omar Narvaez to hit a comeback that struck Gray in the foot, but he recovered quickly and fired to second base where Kyle Farmer then fired over to first base to complete an inning-ending double play.
It turned out that Sonny Gray was fine and not effected by the the liner that attempted to take his leg off. But eventually the Brewers did get to him. In the 6th inning he loaded the bases with two walks that came after an Omar Narvaez double. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a scorcher to first base and it got away from Alex Blandino, who then couldn’t find it and it allowed a second run to score on the play and gave Milwaukee a 3-2 lead. Gray rebounded to end the inning with his 8th strikeout of the day, but was going to need help from the offense to get back on the winning side of the scoreboard.
Heath Hembree took over to begin the 7th inning with the game tied up. It stayed that way for one entire pitch before it landed 405 feet away in center field mere inches from the glove of a leaping Scott Heineman. Hembree settled in after that, getting the Brewers 1-2-3, but the damage had been done. Sean Doolittle tossed a hitless 8th, keeping the score 4-3. He returned for the top of the 9th to strike out Christan Yelich before turning things over to Ryan Hendrix. He got a pop up to himself and a lazy fly to right to send the game to the bottom of the 9th and give the Reds one last chance.
Notes Worth Noting
Don’t fact check this, but the Bally Sports Ohio broadcast had the longest old school or new school conversation in the history of baseball game broadcasts. It got weird, folks.
A scary moment in the top of the 6th inning when home plate umpire Ron Kulpa took a fastball nearly directly off of the face mask on a cross up that grazed Tyler Stephenson’s glove before striking Kulpa. After he was checked on by both trainers, he was helped off of the field and replaced behind the plate.
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Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds
Sunday May 23rd, 1:10pm
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