Cincinnati’s offense put up two touchdowns worth of runs on Wednesday afternoon against the Brewers. They needed all of it, too, as Milwaukee also put up double digits on the day as the two teams traded 6-run innings in each of their final at-bats.
|Milwaukee Brewers (20-12)
|Cincinnati Reds (7-24)||14||14||0|
|W: Diaz (1-0) L: Houser (3-3)
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Cincinnati didn’t waste any time on Wednesday afternoon. TJ Friedl singled and an error put Tommy Pham on as well. Tyler Stephenson then came through with an RBI double to make it 1-0. Colin Moran followed with a walk to load the bases. Tyler Naquin then cleared them with a 3-run triple to extend the Reds lead to 4-0.The next inning it was Friedl that got things started again, this time with a bunt single with one out. The next two batters walked to load the bases, and after a Mike Moustakas strikeout, it was Stephenson who got the job done with a base clearing double to make it 7-0.
The Brewers got back in the game in the 3rd and 4th innings, cutting the Reds lead to 7-4. Colin Moran wanted to give the bullpen a little more room to work with and doubled to lead off the bottom of the 5th. He would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Farmer.
The next inning saw some mistakes on the bases from the Reds. TJ Friedl singled into right field, but a perfect throw from Hunter Renfroe nailed Friedl at second base. Tommy Pham would leg out an infield single with two outs, but he was picked off to end the inning.
Cincinnati wasn’t quite finished piling on the runs for the day. After Milwaukee cut their lead to 8-5 with a run in the top of the 8th, the Reds got some help from J.C. Mejia, who walked the bases loaded with one out before Tommy Pham ripped a 2-run single to pad the lead to 10-5. Mike Moustakas followed up with an RBI single of his own to make it 11-5. The piling wasn’t over. Colin Moran came to the plate with two outs and clobbered a 3-run opposite field homer to make it two touchdowns for the Reds on the day. It would turn out that they needed all of them.
Vladimir Gutierrez got some help from his catcher in the 1st inning. Kolten Wong led off with a double, but with Christian Yelich at the plate he tried to steal third and was thrown out by Aramis Garcia. That was a pivotal play because Yelich doubled later in the at-bat, but now it came with the bases empty. Gutierrez followed up by striking out Rowdy Tellez to end the inning.
After a 1-2-3 2nd inning the Brewers got to Gutierrez in the 3rd. Lorenzo Cain singled to lead off the inning and Jace Peterson walked. Both would come around to score on a 2-out homer from Christian Yelich, cutting into the Reds lead and making it a 7-3 ballgame. In the 4th inning it was a solo homer from Hunter Renfroe that brought Milwaukee closer. Guiterrez exited the game in the 5th inning with two outs, but two men on base, and turned the game over to Alexis Diaz. He would hit Rowdy Tellez with the first pitch he threw to load the bases, but he needed just three pitches to strike out Luis Urias to hold onto a 7-4 lead. Diaz returned for the next inning and tossed a shutout frame.
Jeff Hoffman took over in the 7th inning and set the Brewers down in order. He kept that going for the first two batters of the 8th inning, too, but Hunter Renfroe ruined the party with his second home run of the game to make it 8-5. Omar Narvaez followed with a double and things started to feel a bit shaky for Cincinnati, but Hoffman got Lorenzo Cain to ground out to end the inning.
After a huge bottom of the 8th that saw the Reds pummel the Brewers bullpen and make it a 14-5 game, Cincinnati turned the 9th inning over to Dauri Moreta. Jace Peterson homered to lead off the inning. Kolten Wong followed with a single and that 6-run 8th inning was starting to feel real important all of a sudden because Mike Brosseau came off of the bench and hit a 2-run homer to make it 14-8. Christian Yelich then lined a ball into the right field corner for a triple to complete the cycle. Rowdy Tellez followed with a single to center to make it 14-9 before David Bell came out of the bullpen to replace Moreta and bring in Joel Kuhnel.
The pitching change changed nothing as the first pitch from Kuhnel went for a double and it was 14-10 and there were still no outs. Hunter Renfroe struck out for the first out of the inning, but Omar Narvaez doubled in a run off of the wall in center to make it 14-11. Lorenzo Cain grounded out to second base for the second out. Jace Peterson would follow up with a ground out of his own to finally end the game after a disastrous 9th inning.
Key Moment of the Game
Tyler Stephenson’s 3-run double in the second inning that made it a 7-0 game.
Notes Worth Noting
The Cincinnati Reds have now won two consecutive series.
Christian Yelich has three cycles in his career. They’ve all been against the Cincinnati Reds.
Alexis Diaz dropped his ERA to 0.59 on the season.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Thursday May 12th, 6:35pm ET
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