Alejo Lopez hit his first big league home run, but the Cincinnati Reds comeback fell just short in the 9th inning as the tying run was stranded at second base in a 7-6 Milwaukee Brewers victory. The Brewers win also gave them the series victory and erased the chances for the Reds to win out and reach the .500 mark on the season.
|Cincinnati Reds (56-82)||6||9||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (75-66)
|W: Woodruff (10-4) L: Dunn (1-3) SV: Williams (12)
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Cincinnati went down in order on strikeouts in the 1st inning, but they got things going in the top of the 2nd when Jake Fraley led off with a double. After the next two hitters were retired, Alejo Lopez was hit by a pitch…. or so it seemed. The Brewers challenged the call and it was overturned as the ball hit the bat. Lopez followed with an RBI double and then he scored two pitches later when Matt Reynolds singled to tie the game up at 2-2.
The Reds didn’t get much done at the plate again until the 7th inning and the Brewers were leading by five runs at that point. Spencer Steer picked up his first hit of the game with a leadoff single and Alejo Lopez came through with his first big league home run that made it a 7-4 ballgame.
In the 9th inning it was still a 7-4 game and the Reds had to try and make a comeback against Devin Williams. Spencer Steer led off with a double and he moved to third when Alejo Lopez legged out an infield single on an excuse-me check swing. Matt Reynolds then grounded one over to third and Jace Peterson charged in and fielded the ball and fired to first and threw it away, leading to Steer scoring, Lopez moving to third, and Reynolds advancing to second base. Kyle Farmer then came off of the bench to hit for catcher Austin Romine, but he struck out for the first out of the inning. Following that at-bat, Nick Senzel entered the game as a pinch runner for Reynolds at second base. TJ Friedl followed with a sacrifice fly on a diving catch in center by Garrett Mitchell, making it 7-6 and bringing Jonathan India to the plate with two outs and the tying run on second. The game ended with India’s 5th strikeout of the game.
Justin Dunn’s afternoon didn’t get out to the start he would have liked. The Brewers began the bottom of the 1st inning with back-to-back singles before a Rowdy Tellez 2-run double put Milwaukee up 2-0. After the Reds tied the game up in the top of the 2nd the Brewers went back to work. A leadoff walk would come around to score on a 2-out single that gave the home team a 3-2 lead. Willy Adames followed up with a 2-run homer that made it 5-2. Rowdy Tellez made it back-to-back homers and in the blink of an eye it was 6-2. Dunn would throw a shutout 3rd inning, but it would be his last inning after throwing 75 pitches.
Luke Farrell made his first appearance since being acquired on waivers earlier in the week and the second batter he faced, Rowdy Tellez, hit another home run to make it 7-2. He settled in after that and pitched three innings with just that lone run being charged against him. Fernando Cruz took over in the 7th and tossed a perfect inning. Hunter Strickland pitched a perfect 8th inning to keep the game within slam range of 7-4, but the offense came up just short in the 9th inning as they stranded the tying run at second base.
Notes Worth Noting
It took Alejo Lopez 58 games and 131 plate appearances in the big leagues before hitting his first home run, but in the 7th inning he connected on a 400-foot blast and got to trot around the bases. The rookie has hit well, particularly of late when given a bit of regular playing time. He raised his line to .323/.385/.424 on the season after going 3-3 with a walk on the day.
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