The good vibes were flowing for the Cincinnati Reds. Fresh off a four-game broom cleaning of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Reds took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning on a Shogo Akiyama RBI single. Sonny Gray looked as dominant as ever with five strikeouts.
Sonny Gray could not finish his warm up tosses before starting the fourth inning and had to leave.
The battered Reds bullpen had to cover seven innings. They were not completely terrible, allowing five runs over six innings, but the loss of Gray might have deflated the Reds offense. They could not get anything going for the rest of the night, and the Reds fell 5-1. The loss pushes the Reds deficit in the NL Central to 5.0 games.
|Milwaukee Brewers (34-26)||5||7||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (28-30)||1||6||1|
|W: Houser (4-5) L: Hendrix (0-3)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Sean Doolittle allowing a solo home run to Avisail Garcia with 0 outs in the 4th inning, tying the game at 1. That play decreased the Reds probability of winning by 12.2% (from 66.9% to 50.0%).
Shogo Akiyama got just his 7th start of the season and drove in a run. He was double-switched after two at-bats. It’s good to see Tyler Naquin was OK to do more than just pinch-hit. He left the game on Sunday with a hamstring injury.
The Reds played a fantastic game defensively. Eugenio Suarez had a pair of great plays. Brach and Farmer also had some nice plays as well.
Amir Garrett pitched a perfect 6th inning with 2 strikeouts. He did allow a leadoff single in the 7th inning before being lifted and that run scored. It was still nice to see Garrett put together a solid inning. The Reds desperately need him.
Joey Votto returned to the Reds lineup. Employee #19 walked twice in his return.
Jonathan India had a key walk tonight in the 7th inning with 2 outs. It brought Winker to the plate representing the tying run. It didn’t work out, but it was another great example of India’s impressive plate discipline (10.9 BB%). India does not look like a rookie on the field.
Sonny Gray had to leave the game after three dominating innings with groin tightness. David Bell said in the postgame that he will get an MRI tomorrow. Doug Gray covered the injury earlier in a post. I have nothing else to add except sadness. I think the Reds are much better equipped that the Cardinals or Cubs to handle a key SP injury, but it is still a massive blow nonetheless if he has to miss any starts.
Sean Doolittle served up a game-tying bomb to the first batter he faced after replacing Gray. He hasn’t been the worst pitcher on the team by any means (4.35 ERA/4.45 FIP), but he also has not looked like the good $1 million lottery ticket the Reds were praying for.
By the time we got to the top of the 9th inning, the Reds chances of winning were very slim with two left-handed batters due up in the bottom of the 9th, down 2 runs, against Josh Hader. They didn’t end up having to face Hader because Ashton Goudeau allowed 2 runs in the top of the 9th. It might not seem like much, but the Brewers not having to pitch Hader is brutal for the Reds. Hader has only pitched in three straight days once in his career (2019 and it didn’t go well). This could obviously really hurt the Reds if each of the next two games are close.
Not so random thoughts…
Tonight felt like a gut punch after the Gray injury. It was very nice to have John Sadak, Barry Larkin, Tommy Thrall and Jeff Brantley on the calls between TV and radio. It is refreshing to hear their overall positivity during an overall brutal evening.
Brewers at Reds
Wednesday, 7:10 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Vladimir Gutierrez (2.70 ERA) vs Brett Anderson (4.42 ERA)