Behind Tyler Mahle and timely hitting the Cincinnati Reds swept the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon. The win moved the Reds winning streak to six games and they are now 35-31 on the year.
|Cincinnati Reds (35-31)||2||6||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (38-30)
|W: Mahle (7-2) L: Peralta (6-2) SV: Sims (7)
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Facing one of the best pitchers in baseball this season the Reds offense didn’t get a lot going. They were hitless through three innings, but with two outs in the 4th Nick Castellanos broke up the no-hitter and then he scored when Tyler Naquin doubled to tie the game up at 1-1. That was the last hit the team would get until the 6th inning when Jesse Winker singled – but he was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double to end the inning. For a second there it appeared he was injured and manager David Bell and trainer Tomas Vera came out to talk with him, but he remained in the game.
In the top of the 7th the Reds offense went to work with two outs. Joey Votto singled into center field and he came around to score when Tucker Barnhart doubled down the left field line. That put the Reds on top 2-1. It turned out to be all that they needed.
It was another duel by the starting pitchers and Tyler Mahle matched up with Freddy Peralta through six innings. It wasn’t an easy beginning for Mahle, though, who walked the first hitter he faced, saw Daniel Vogelbach follow with a single, and then after striking out Christian Yelich he hit Avisaíl García to load the bases. But a line out was followed by a strikeout to strand the bases loaded.
It was the top of the lineup that got to Mahle in the 3rd. Vogelback led off with a double and he came around to score when Yelich singled. Mahle then hit García for the second time on the day, but followed up by striking out the next three hitters. From there it was a bunch of zeroes and a bunch more strikeouts for Mahle. He tied his career high with 12 strikeouts while walking two, hitting two, allowing a run, and giving up three hits in 6.0 innings before turning the game over to the bullpen.
Brad Brach took over for Mahle in the 7th. He got a fly out to right field before pinch-hitter Pablo Reyes came on to hit for Freddy Peralta. Reyes popped up to Votto for the second out of the inning. A soft line drive to shortstop ended the inning, leaving the Reds in need of just six outs to secure a sweep of the Brewers.
Sean Doolittle came out of the bullpen for the 8th inning. It took him seven pitches but Doolittle came out on top by getting Daniel Vogelbach to pop up to first base. Christian Yelich came up empty as he struck out on four pitches. Avisaíl García singled on the second pitch he saw, putting the tying run on base, and that led to David Bell coming out to bring in Lucas Sims to face Manny Piña. That is until the Brewers countered by bringing Omar Narváez off of the bench to pinch hit. Sims won the battle, striking out Narváez to end the inning and send the game to the 9th.
Sims returned for the 9th. After striking out Jace Peterson to begin the inning Willy Adames hit a ground-rule double to put the tying run in scoring position. Daniel Robertson struck out swinging to the second out, bringing up pinch-hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. and his .154 batting average this season. Sims lowered that average by striking him out to end the game and seal the sweep of what had been, but no longer are the 1st place Brewers.
Notes Worth Noting
In case you missed it earlier: Mike Moustakas was pulled off of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville after he experienced some soreness in his foot.
The Reds are now 13-3 over the last 16 games played.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs San Diego Padres
Thursday June 17th, 8:40pm ET
Wade Miley (6-4, 2.92 ERA) vs Joe Musgrove (4-6, 2.50 ERA)