A pitching duel erupted in Milwaukee between the Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds. Luis Castillo tossed seven shutout innings and was matched by Brett Anderson before both teams handed the game off to the bullpen. It would go that way until extra-innings when the Reds bullpen – yes, the Reds bullpen – came out ahead, outlasting the Brewers bullpen as Cincinnati scored twice in the 10th to take the game and the series win.
|Cincinnati Reds (34-31)||2||2||1|
|Milwaukee Brewers (38-29)||1||4||0|
|W: Sims (4-1) L: Boxberger (2-2) SV: Garrett (3)
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Neither team did a whole lot of hitting. Cincinnati got a single from Kyle Farmer in the 3rd and a pinch-hit single from Jesse Winker in the 7th, but that was all the team could get going until the 9th. Jonathan India walked against Josh Hader to lead off the inning, but back-to-back strikeouts left the Reds clinging to hope that Tyler Stephenson could come through. He never got the chance as India was caught stealing to end the inning and send the game to the bottom of the 9th.
Cincinnati began the 10th inning when Tyler Stephenson was hit by a pitch and Joey Votto followed up with a walk to load the bases – Nick Castellanos began the inning on second. Eugenio Suárez came up hoping to put the Reds ahead and he did just that, but not in a way he would have preferred as he was hit by a pitch to bring Castellanos in. After Jesse Winker struck out, Kyle Farmer plated a second run on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Cincinnati. Mike Freeman, who had been brought in to pinch run for Joey Votto at second base earlier was picked off by the catcher to end the inning.
Luis Castillo is back! Or at least he was on Tuesday night in Milwaukee. He was cruising along until the 7th inning when he allowed two 1-out singles and then a 2-out walk to load the bases in a scoreless game. He then fell behind Jackie Bradley Jr. 2-0, but came back with three consecutive strikes to end the inning and keep the game scoreless. That would wind up being the final batter he faced, firing 7.0 shutout innings with three hits and three walks to go along with seven strikeouts. He also recorded 11 ground ball outs and just one fly ball out before turning the game over to Brad Brach. The reliever kept the shutout going as he picked up two strikeouts in a perfect 8th inning. Lucas Sims took over for the bottom of the 9th inning and walked Christian Yelich to kick the inning off before getting a fly out to left field and striking out Omar Narváez and getting a ground out to end the 9th and send the game to extras.
After the Reds scored twice in the top of the 10th the Reds turned things over to Heath Hembree as he looked to close out the game. The inning began with an 12-pitch strikeout against Jace Peterson that included roughly 57 foul balls (don’t check the math on this one). Jack Bradley Jr. worked a 6-pitch at-bat, but the result was the same as Peterson before him as he struck out for out number two. Daniel Robertson blooped a single into right field to plate the Brewers first run, but the ball got by Nick Castellanos and Robertson moved up to second base to put the tying run in scoring position with two outs. Hembree got a visit from Derek Johnson after that and like the batters before him, Luis Urias worked a long at-bat before drawing a walk on the 7th pitch.
That was all that David Bell needed to see and he went to the mound to bring in Amir Garrett. Milwaukee brought Tim Lopes to the plate and Garrett came through with a strikeout to end the game and seal the win and a series victory.
Notes Worth Noting
Mike Moustakas went 1-3 with a single in his first rehab game with Triple-A Louisville.
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