Avisaíl García’s defense just crushed the Cincinnati Reds chances at a win on Wednesday night as two critical plays led to runs not winding up on the board in a 4-1 Milwaukee Brewers win.
|Cincinnati Reds (69-59)
|Milwaukee Brewers (78-49)
|W: Woodruff (8-7) L: Castillo (7-13)
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Cincinnati got the leadoff hitter on base in each of the first two innings but couldn’t capitalize on either opportunity as Brandon Woodruff shut things down. And he kept doing that, too, until the 6th inning. Tyler Naquin would single with one out. Nick Castellanos would then flair a ball down the line in right field to move Naquin up to third, but Castellanos was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double in a bang-bang play at second base that was challenged by the Reds and upheld by the review. Joey Votto lined out to left field to end the inning. With one out in the 8th inning Max Schrock, just called up before the game on Wednesday, hit a ball into deep right-center but Avisaíl García jumped at the wall and brought it back in to rob him of a homer.
Trailing 4-0 entering the 9th inning, Nick Castellanos made sure that the Reds wouldn’t be shut out as he hit one 435-feet into left-center for a solo homer. That was all they would get as Jake Cousins struck out the other three batters he faced in the inning. It was their 14th, 15th, and 16th strikeouts of the game. The Reds didn’t walk a single time.
Luis Castillo had allowed no hits through the first three inning innings of the game, yielding just two walks in the process. But Milwaukee broke through with back-to-back doubles to lead off the 4th inning to take a 1-0 lead. Avisaíl García had the second of the two, but he was thrown out at third base on the next play by Kyle Farmer as he tried to advance on a grounder to shortstop. The Brewers didn’t get anything else going that inning. Or for the next two innings, either. In the 7th inning a hit batter began the inning for Castillo and after a strikeout an infield single put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. That hit batter would come around to score on a ground rule double by Jace Peterson. It would be the last batter Castillo would face as David Bell turned the game over to Lucas Sims with two on and just one out in a 2-0 game. Sims would strike out both batters he faced to keep the game at 2-0 and send it to the 8th.
Things started to get away in the 8th. Amir Garrett walked the leadoff batter. After a pop up, Christian Yelich reached on a throwing error by Mike Moustakas that put runners on 1st and 3rd. A wild pitch moved Yelich up and then the Reds just moved forward with an intentional walk to load the bases. An excuse-me check swing led to an RBI infield single and a pitching change as Jeff Hoffman entered the game. The next play was nearly identical, but this time Moustakas completed the out at first base, but Milwaukee had their 2nd run of the inning to make it 4-0. Hoffman walked the next batter to load the bases once again, but got a strikeout to end the inning.
Notes Worth Noting
Tejay Antone had a bit of an ominous tweet during the 8th inning of the game.
Thank you for the endless support from everyone. As much as I want to, I can’t control everything in life. No one said life would be easy. But no matter what I will work my hardest to return from this.
— Tejay Antone ? (@TejayAntone) August 26, 2021
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