Things didn’t go the way that the Cincinnati Reds would have liked it to on Sunday afternoon as they fell 6-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers. With the win, the Brewers completed a 3-game series sweep of Cincinnati and sent the Reds to a 23-43 record.
|Milwaukee Brewers (38-30)
|Cincinnati Reds (23-43)
|W: Houser (4-7) L: Minor (1-3) SV: Williams (5)|
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Cincinnati threatened in the 1st inning when Brandon Drury singled and Tommy Pham followed up with a walk. With two outs Kyle Farmer hit a blooper into left-center, but Andrew McCutchen made a sliding catch to rob him of a hit and end the inning.
After the Brewers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the 4th the Reds got to work. Tommy Pham walked to lead off the inning and moved to 3rd base on a hit-and-run with Joey Votto, who singled into right field. Pham scored on a fielders choice off of the bat of Kyle Farmer on a weak chopper to shortstop. Mike Moustakas would walk to put two men on with two outs and that’s when Albert Almora Jr. came through with a 2-run double to tie the game up.
With the Brewers leading 6-3 entering the bottom of the 7th inning the Reds tried to get a rally going. Aramis Garcia started it out after he was hit by a pitch. Jonathan India grounded into a force out, and then moved up to second on a Brandon Drury single. Tommy Pham then beat out an excuse-me check swing single on a ball that went about 50 feet up the third base line to load the bases with two outs. That brought Joey Votto to the plate, but not before Craig Counsel brought in a lefty reliever to try and get the match up advantage. It worked as Votto struck out to strand all three runners. That was the Reds final at-bat with a runner on base in the game.
Mike Minor had not given up a hit through the first three innings of the game, but Milwaukee got to him quickly in the 4th. Andrew McCutchen doubled and scored on a Luis Urias double. Victor Caratini homered later int he inning to make it 3-0 for the Brewers.
Minor kept the Brewers quiet in the 5th inning, but things didn’t go as smoothly in the 6th. Back-to-back 1-out singles were followed by a walk to load the bases. A sacrifice fly followed to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead before Christian Yelich flew out to end the inning.
Joel Kuhnel took over in the 7th inning and saw Andrew McCutchen single on a 108 MPH ground ball before Hunter Renfroe hit a 108 MPH fly ball that landed 444 feet from home plate in the upper deck in left field to give the Brewers a 6-3 lead. Jeff Hoffman had to work around two baserunners in the 8th but he kept Milwaukee off of the board. Dauri Moreta, who just returned from Triple-A earlier in the day, tossed a shutout top of the 9th to give the offense one last chance.
Key Moment of the Game
Hunter Renfroe’s 2-run home run in the top of the 7th inning that made it a 6-3 ballgame.
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