TJ Friedl started the game off with a home run that kickstarted a 5-run 1st inning and the Cincinnati Reds never looked back as Nick Lodolo set a new career high in both innings and strikeouts in an 8-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
|Cincinnati Reds (56-80)||8||17||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (73-66)
|W: Lodolo (4-5) L: Alexander (2-3)
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TJ Friedl led the game off with his 6th homer of the year with the Reds and his teammates took his lead and built upon it. Jonathan India tripled and scored on Kyle Farmer’s single. Jake Fraley was hit by a pitch and and then Donovan Solano singled in a run to make it 3-0. Aristides Aquino walked to make it six straight Reds to reach base to begin the game. A double play off of the bat of Nick Senzel created two outs, but it also brought another run in. Jose Barrero capped things off with a line drive RBI single to make it 5-0.
Cincinnati’s offense wouldn’t score again until the top of the 9th inning when both Jonathan India and Jake Fraley hit their 10th home runs of the season. India’s 433-foot blast came after TJ Friedl led off the inning with a single, while Fraley’s homer was a solo shot that made it 8-2. That was more than enough to start the series off with a victory.
Nick Lodolo was cruising along until the 3rd inning. Luis Urias led off with a single and came around to score on a home run by Tyrone Taylor that cut the Reds lead to 5-2. That would be the last time that the Brewers would do much of anything against Lodolo, who set a new career high by throwing 8.0 innings and allowing just those two runs, walking no one, and striking out a career high 11 batters on 107 pitches.
In the 9th inning the Reds turned the game over to reliever Derek Law. He made easy work of Milwaukee, getting three ground outs to seal the win.
Notes Worth Noting
In the second half, Nick Lodolo has now made nine starts and has posted a 2.80 ERA in 54.2 innings with 18 walks and 64 strikeouts while allowing just three home runs.
Derek Law has allowed not allowed a run in his six appearances with the Reds since being called up on August 30th.
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Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers
Saturday September 10th, 7:15pm ET
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