The Milwaukee Brewers held the Cincinnati Reds to one run on one hit on Saturday night while they crushed two home runs in a 5-1 victory to even up the series at one game each as they head into the series finale on Sunday.
|Cincinnati Reds (56-81)||1||1||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (74-66)
|W: Houser (6-9) L: Anderson (0-3)
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Cincinnati got things going in the top of the 3rd inning when Jose Barrero flared a ball into right field and turned it into a double. He then stole third base and scored on a TJ Friedl sacrifice fly to cut the Brewers lead to 2-1. That hustle double from Barrero would be the only hit of the day for the Reds and it wasn’t enough.
Chase Anderson’s game didn’t start out the way he’d like it to. He walked Christian Yelich and then gave up a 2-run homer to Willy Adames to begin the 1st inning. From there he pitched well, not giving up another hit before exiting the game after the 4th inning with just those two runs being charged against him.
Reiver Sanmartin took over in the 5th and after recording the first two outs he proceeded to give up a double, was asked to intentionally walk Willy Adames, then walked Rowdy Tellez to load the bases before David Bell went to the bullpen once again and called on Fernando Cruz. The rookie battled Hunter Renfroe but got him to fly out on the 6th pitch of the at-bat to strand the bases loaded and keep the Brewers lead at 2-1. Cruz returned and fired a perfect 6th inning.
Ian Gibaut took over the game in the 7th and after a ground out to start the inning Tyrone Taylor lined a ball into left field and Jake Fraley’s diving attempt came up short on a ball in front of him and it went by him as Taylor raced around the bases for a triple. With the infield in Christian Yelich singled up the middle to make it 3-1. Joel Kuhnel took over for the 8th inning and gave up a 1-out double that was followed up later in the inning by a 2-run homer from Andrew McCutchen that made it 5-1. That was all the Brew Crew would get, but it was more than enough.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers
Sunday September 11th, 2:10pm ET
Justin Dunn (1-2, 4.82 ERA) vs Brandon Woodruff (9-4, 3.41 ERA)