|Milwaukee Brewers (34-27)
|Cincinnati Reds (29-30)
|W: V. Gutierrez (2-1) L: B. Anderson (2-4)
|Statcast | Gamecast Play-by-Play | Game Thread|
Each time the Reds have approached .500, they’ve stumbled and fallen back. Last night was opportunity lost. If they can win the remaining two, they get back to .500 and maybe more importantly, will have gained some needed confidence having taken 7-8 from from the Brewers and Cardinals in the span of a week. With a little more than 100 games left when the Colorado Rockies come to town, there’s plenty of time in the season to get back into the thick of the race before the All Star Break. The Rockies have a 4-23 record on the road this season. The Reds must win this series. In fact, they need to sweep this sad-sack Rockies team.
A hit batter to start the game and a balk a bit later led to a Dollar Store first run for the Bernie Brewers. A Hustle infield hit got Jesse Winker on and some inclement leather by Milwaukee got the Reds back on top after 1 inning. Reds 2-1.
With runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the second thanks to infield base hit by Gutierrez, Jonathan India slashed one down the third base line that Travis Shaw lunged for, but couldn’t come up with, scoring Scott Heineman from second. The minute Heineman came down the line from third, you could see Shaw was in trouble as he lay face down and motionless. He would leave the game with a dislocated left shoulder.
Then Nick Castellanos did what what Nick Castellanos does. The National Leagues Doubles Machine drove in Gutierrez and India for his 20th two-bagger of the season. Reds 5-1.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) June 9, 2021
In the bottom of the 4th, things wouldn’t get moving until there were 2 outs. Winker and Castellanos both walked, and Tyler Stephenson turned on a ball inside and drove it down the third base line, scoring both Wink & Nick. Reds 7-1.
Milwaukee would get a run back in the 5th aided by a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. Reds 7-2.
Carrying the Reds
Jonathan India: 1-4 with a walk
Jesse Winker: 1-3 with 2 walks
Nick Castellanos: 1-4 with 2 walks
Tyler Stephenson: 2-4
Eugenio Suárez: 1-3 with a walk
Vladimir Gutierrez’s line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K.
In the wake of Sonny Gray’s abbreviated outing, Gutierrez’s 7 full innings was a welcome sight. Together, Amir Garrett and Heath Hembree pitched a scoreless 8th. Hembree came back on in the 9th and gave up a HR to Daniel Vogelbach. Reds 7-3.
What Did We Learn Today?
Sonny Gray has thunder thighs–and according to him, this is a good thing.
The Reds don’t need any stinkin’ home runs to win a ball game. Who knew?
Eugenio Suárez continues to look at home with the glove at third base. What a shame the owner wouldn’t open the wallet for a shortstop.
At 16-15, the Reds are now over .500 on the road. Considering all the injuries and the flammable bullpen, that is just remarkable.
The Brewers came into the evening having won 9 of their last 10. The Reds rookie pitcher derailed their run tonight.
On Deck for the Redlegs
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds
Thursday, June 10 at 12:35pm ET