Things were going great for the Cincinnati Reds until the 6th inning when the Brewers scored three runs and never looked back as they beat up on the Cincinnati bullpen, scoring eight runs in the next three innings to blow out the Reds.
|Milwaukee Brewers (54-39)||11||12||2|
|Cincinnati Reds (48-43)||6||7||1|
|W: Suter (9-4) L: Garrett (0-3)
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Jonathan India probably didn’t like how he reached base to lead off the inning as he was hit by a pitch for the 14th time on the season. He was thrown out on a fielders choice that put Jesse Winker on 1st instead. After Nick Castellanos flew out the Reds were teetering on the brink of not taking advantage of a leadoff base runner. But Joey Votto walked and then Tyler Naquin doubled in two runs to put Cincinnati on top 2-0.
Kyle Farmer led off the 2nd inning with a double, but he was thrown out at third trying to move up on a bunt by pitcher Tyler Mahle. Jonathan India walked to put two on for Jesse Winker, and he almost decapitated Adrian Houser with a 100 MPH exit velocity low liner that was fielded up the middle by Willy Adames who turned it into a double play to end the threat.
Cincinnati didn’t waste an opportunity in the 3rd. Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Tyler Naquin had a 1-out single. Eugenio Suárez then lined a double off of the wall in left field to plate both of them and make it a 4-1 game for the Reds. Unfortunately when the next inning began it was Aristides Aquino who ran out to right field as Castellanos was removed from the game.
After the Brewers got two runs to make it a 4-3 game in the top of the 5th, the Reds played add on with a little bit of help from the Milwaukee defense. On what should have been the third out of the inning an error by Kolten Wong extended the inning. Eugenio Suárez followed with a walk and then Tucker Barnhart singled in Naquin to extend the lead to 5-3.
After the Brewers took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 6th inning Shogo Akiyama led off the inning by being hit by a pitch. After Jonathan India struck out, Akiyama was caught stealing with Jesse Winker at the plate. Winker would eventually walk to put the tying run back on the bases for Cincinnati. He would be stranded after a strikeout by Aristides Aquino.
The Reds went quietly in the 7th inning. Milwaukee scored five more runs in the 8th to extend their lead to 11-5. Kyle Farmer had a 1-out single but Mike Freeman grounded into a double play to end the inning and send the game to the 9th. The Brewers held a 6-run advantage as the bottom of the 9th began. Aristides Aquino would hit a 2-out solo home run to make it an 11-6 game, but that’s all there was for Cincinnati on the night.
A quick 1st for Tyler Mahle saw him pick up two strikeouts in the inning that required just 11 pitches. The next inning wasn’t as easy and Avisail García crushed a long solo homer to cut the Reds lead in half at 2-1. Jace Peterson singled to follow, and Luis Urías walked to put two men on with just one out. Jackie Bradley Jr. popped out to bring Adrian Houser to the plate and in a battle of starting pitchers it was Mahle who came out on top as he picked up his third strikeout of the night.
After scoreless innings in the 3rd and 4th, the Brewers got something going in the 5th. Kolten Wong had a 1-out single and then Willy Adames had a 2-out, 2-run homer to cut into the Reds lead and make it 4-3 game.
Cincinnati put another run on the board in the bottom of the 5th to make it 5-3, and that wound up being important in the 6th. After a fly out to start the inning a walk and a double put Milwaukee back within a run and ended Tyler Mahle’s day as Amir Garrett entered the game to face Jackie Bradley Jr. Things didn’t work out for the Reds as a high chopper to Jonathan India went off of his glove before rolling into shallow center for a single with an error that brought in the tying run. After Bradley Jr. stole second base a Kolten Wong single put the Brewers up 6-5.
Brad Brach came out for the 7th and made quick and easy work of Milwaukee’s 3-4-5 hitters, needing just 14 pitches for a 2-strikeout perfect inning. Things didn’t go as well for Josh Osich in the 8th as a Luis Urías cracked a solo home run into the first row of seats in left field to make it a 7-5 game. That’s not where it ended, though. After Osich loaded the bases he was replaced by Ryan Hendrix who immediately allowed a 2-run double to Willy Adames that stretched the Brewers lead to 9-5. A wild pitch on a strike three that would have otherwise ended the inning instead brought in another run to make it 10-5. And almost simultaneously the sky opened up and it began to rain. Another wild pitch followed and brought in another run to make it 11-5.
Tony Santillan entered for the 9th inning in his first relief appearance in the big leagues. He would get two easy ground outs and a strikeout to give the Reds a chance to score a touchdown and kick the extra point to win the game in the 9th. The touchdown never came.
Notes Worth Noting
After the game David Bell said that Nick Castellanos’ wrist is not broken, but that it’s sore. He also noted that it’s too early to know whether he would be available over the next few days.
Jeff Hoffman made what was likely his final rehab appearance and after dominating with Triple-A Louisville he made his start tonight with High-A Dayton and gave up three solo home runs in 3.0 innings where he was charged with four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. For his total rehab stint to date: 18.1IP, 16 hits, five home runs, five walks, and 25 strikeouts to go with 3.93 ERA.
Michael Lorenzen warmed up while Tyler Mahle was pitching in the 5th inning, but he never entered the game.
Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray are set to pitch the next two days.
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