Hunter Greene pitched well, striking out eight batters in 5.0 innings and giving up just two runs, but it wasn’t good enough as Brandon Woodruff struck out 11 Reds as the Milwaukee Brewers topped Cincinnati 5-1 to open their 4-game series on Thursday night.
|Milwaukee Brewers (80-70)
|Cincinnati Reds (59-91)||1||4||1|
|W: Woodruff (12-4) L: Greene (4-13)
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After going in order in the 1st inning the Reds tried to get a rally going in the 2nd. Donovan Solano and Alejo Lopez had back-to-back 1-out singles, but Brandon Woodruff clamped down and struck out the next two batters to end the threat. Those would be the last hits that Woodruff would allow until the bottom of the 6th. TJ Friedl would walk, but as he attempted to steal second Jonathan India flew out to right field and Friedl couldn’t get back to first in time to avoid being doubled off. That proved to be pivotal as Kyle Farmer would homer to follow to cut into the Brewers lead and make it a 4-1 game. It would be the final time the Reds would score in the game.
Hunter Greene picked up where he left off in his previous start, striking out two batters in a perfect 1st inning. That didn’t carry over to the 2nd as he issued a leadoff walk – his first walk in three starts – and then gave up a 2-run home run to Kolten Wong. Another walk followed before a visit from Derek Johnson settled things down and Greene struck out the next three hitters. In the next inning Greene would get into trouble after a 1-out single and a 2-out walk, but he got out of the jam with a pop up. That walk would be the final base runner he would allow, completing 5.0 innings with just those two runs allowed in the 2nd inning on his record as he struck out eight batters.
Dauri Moreta took over in the 6th inning and he walked Rowdy Tellez to lead off the inning before giving up a 2-run homer to Kolten Wong – his second 2-run homer of the day – as the Brewers extended their lead to 4-0. He’d retire the next four batters before a 2-out walk in the 7th to Christian Yelich. That led to a pitching change and Joel Kuhnel entering the game and he struck out Willy Adames to end the inning. He returned for the 8th and after retiring the first two batters he gave up a third home run to Kolten Wong on the night, making it a 5-1 Milwaukee lead. Hunter Strickland pitched a perfect 9th inning to hold it at a 4-run game, but the offense couldn’t make a comeback.
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Milwaukee Brewers vs Cincinnati Reds
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