The Cincinnati Reds got home runs from Colin Moran, Brandon Drury, and Kyle Farmer as they took care of business on Monday night and beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-5. The victory gave the Reds their first winning streak of the year as they’ve now picked up two wins in a row.
|Milwaukee Brewers (19-11)
|Cincinnati Reds (6-23)||10||14||1|
|W: Cessa (1-0) L: Woodruff (3-2)
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After going 1-2-3 in the 1st inning, Cincinnati got some offense going in the 2nd when Colin Moran took a 2-2 fastball and crushed it into the seats in left field for his 3rd home run of the year, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead.
The offense got going again in the bottom of the 5th inning when Albert Almora Jr. led off with a double and Matt Reynolds worked a walk to put two men on for TJ Friedl. He took a 95 MPH fastball from Brandon Woodruff and lined a double into the left-center gap to bring Almora Jr. across the plate to cut into the Brewers lead, making it a 3-2 game. Brandon Drury them stamped an exclamation point on the inning with a 414-foot 3-run homer to center that put Cincinnati ahead 5-3. But things weren’t over as Tommy Pham singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out, and then scored on a passed ball to double up Milwaukee.
After the Brewers got two of those runs back in the top of the 6th, Cincinnati’s offense went back to work in the bottom half. Albert Almora Jr. led off with an infield single and moved to second on a single by Matt Reynolds. A fielders choice put runners on the corners for Tommy Pham and he took advantage of the situation and singled in a run to make it 7-5.
Singles from Tyler Stephenson and Tyler Naquin led off the bottom of the 7th. They were followed by Kyle Farmer, who ended his 0-34 slump with a big time 3-run homer to right-center to extend Cincinnati’s lead to 10-5. That was more than enough to pick up the win.
Luis Castillo took the mound for the first time this year in the big leagues after missing the first month of the season. He gave up just a lone single in the first three innings and faced the minimum. But in the 4th inning he ran into trouble as he walked Kolten Wong and Christian Yelich. Walks will haunt, and they certainly did here as Rowdy Tellez drove them both in on a double that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead. The next inning saw Omar Narvaez lead off with a home run to extend the Brewers lead to 3-1. Castillo did his job to get out of the inning, getting a grounder to shortstop for what should have been an easy force out at second, but Kyle Farmer bobbled the ball and couldn’t get the throw in time to second base. That play ended the night for Castillo, who allowed three hits and walked three batters with five strikeouts in his outing. Luis Cessa came on to complete the inning, getting Yelich to line out, completing Castillo’s line with three earned runs.
With Cincinnati grabbing a 6-3 lead thanks to a 5-run 5th inning, the Reds sent Luis Cessa back out for the 6th inning and things didn’t go well. He allowed three singles and a run before exiting the game with the score at 6-4 but with two men still on the bases. Alexis Diaz entered and gave up a single to Jace Peterson to make it 6-5, but he got Kolten Wong to line out to end the inning and preserve the lead. Diaz returned for the 7th and went 1-2-3, but not before Rowdy Tellez gave everyone a scare with a fly ball caught against the wall in center by Albert Almora Jr.
Jeff Hoffman took over for the 8th inning with a 10-5 lead and he kept it there with a perfect inning as he lowered his ERA to 1.62 on the year. Joel Kuhnel entered the game in the 9th and put Milwaukee down in order to seal the win.
Key Moment of the Game
7th inning, two on and no outs with Kyle Farmer at the plate and he snapped out of his slump and crushed a 3-run homer to extend the Reds lead to 10-5 and put the game out of reach.
Notes Worth Noting
Kyle Famer’s 0-34 streak was the second longest in Cincinnati Reds history. Only Virgil Stallcup’s streak of 0-35 in 1948 was longer.
The win gave Cincinnati their first back-to-back wins of the season.
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Tuesday May 10th, 6:40pm ET
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