The Cincinnati Reds bullpen struck again and not in a good way. Luis Castillo exited the game in the 6th inning with two outs and the Reds were up 2-1. Before the inning was over it was 4-2 and the Milwaukee Brewers just kept playing add on from there as they beat the Reds and won the series with their victory on Thursday afternoon.
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Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 2nd inning it was Joey Votto that tied things up. He took a 3-2 pitch from Freddy Peralta and hit it 400 feet into the right-centerfield seats for his first home run back since returning from the injured list. But Peralta settled back in after that and kept the Reds off of the board through the 4th. But as that inning was taking place the skies opened up and between the 4th and 5th innings the tarp was pulled and the game went into a rain delay.
After the delay the Brewers opted to go to Brent Suter out of the bullpen to start the bottom of the 5th inning. That worked out for the Reds with a little bit of help from the Milwaukee defense. Kyle Farmer grounded a ball to second base that Jace Peterson had go off of his glove on a short-hop and while he recovered to make a quick flip to first base, Farmer beat the throw – worth noting that Farmer was credited with a single here. Two batters later Jesse Winker picked up a 2-out RBI with a single to left to put Cincinnati ahead 2-1.
After a rough top of the 6th that saw the Brewers take a 4-2 lead, Cincinnati’s offense needed to put the lumber to the ball and get things going if they were going to win the game and the series over Milwuakee. Former Red Brad Boxberger, Hoby Milner, and Trevor Richards took care of business as they tossed a shutout inning each as the Brewcrew won 7-2.
Luis Castillo didn’t have a great start to the game. He hit Luis Urias to start the game and then walked Christian Yelich after striking out Daniel Vogelbach. Avisail Garcia singled to drive in a run and put the Brewers up 1-0.
The Reds right-hander clamped down from there as he retired the Brewers in order over the next 5.0 innings before walking Vogelbach with one out in the 6th inning. Castillo followed with a walk to Yelich, too. That led to a visit by Derek Johnson and Tucker Barnhart before Avisail Garcia came to the plate. Whatever was said in the visit eventually worked as he struck out Garcia in 10-pitch at-bat. But that was all for the righty as David Bell came out to make a pitching change and bring in Lucas Sims with two men on and two outs.
That move did not work out at all. Lucas Sims allowed a game tying ground-rule double. A bloop single then brought in two more runs to make it 4-2 and despite allowing just one hit on the day, Luis Castillo wound up being charged with three earned runs and being in line for the loss.
The bullpen didn’t do much better the next inning when Bell turned to Sean Doolittle who hit a batter and then gave up a 2-run home run as Milwaukee padded their lead to 6-2. In the 8th inning it was Art Warren’s turn to give up a run as he allowed back-to-back doubles to Willy Adames and Jace Peterson to bring in another Brewers run to make it 7-2. Ashton Goudeau came in for the 9th and worked around a bases loaded jam to keep the Reds within a touchdown of winning the game in the bottom of the 9th. That touchdown didn’t come.
Notes Worth Noting
The Reds need to go sign the kid who caught Joey Votto’s home run.
— Doug Gray is fully vaccinated (@dougdirt24) June 10, 2021
This bullpen is still an absolute mess.
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