Cincinnati grabbed an early lead but it didn’t even last an inning before the Brewers tied the game up and eventually took a lead that they would never relinquish as Milwaukee topped the Reds 5-3 on Friday night and send the home team to their 92nd loss of the year.
|Milwaukee Brewers (81-70)
|Cincinnati Reds (59-92)||3||7||1|
|W: Perdomo (3-0) L: Cessa (4-4) SV: Williams (14)
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Cincinnati’s offense got the game started right as Jonathan India led off the bottom of the 1st with a walk, Spencer Steer followed up with a single, and then they both scored when Kyle Farmer doubled on a line drive down the left field line to put the Reds on top 2-0. Cincinnati would get two walks after that in the inning, but a fly out would end the inning with no more damage done. In the 3rd inning the Reds would get back-to-back 1-out singles but two strikeouts ended the inning.
Cincinnati didn’t get much going again on offense until the bottom of the 8th when they were trailing 5-2. Aristides Aquino walked and Stuart Fairchild followed up with a single. Alejo Lopez grounded into a force out at second, but the throw to first on the double play attempt was nowhere near the bag and led to Aquino scoring from second and Lopez advancing to second base. That cut the lead for Milwaukee to 5-3. Needing to score two runs to tie the game up or three for the win, the Reds had to face Devin Williams in the bottom of the 9th and he struck out the side to end any idea of a comeback on Friday night.
Luis Cessa wasn’t scheduled to start on Friday night, but the Reds placed Mike Minor on the injured list earlier in the day and Cessa returned to the rotation. He walked the leadoff batter, but was able to get three fly outs to end the inning. After Cincinnati grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st, Cessa couldn’t hold that lead in the next inning as a 1-out walk was followed by a single and a double that plated two runs to tie the game up. The Brewers would get back to it in the 5th after back-to-back singles led off the inning and a run crossed the plate on a force out on an attempted double play that gave Milwaukee a 3-2 lead. That would be the final pitch thrown for Cessa as Fernando Cruz entered the game for the final out of the 5th – a strikeout of Luis Urias.
Cruz returned and pitched a shutout 6th inning before Buck Farmer took over for the Reds in the 7th. He ran into trouble when the Brewers put together a 1-out rally with a walk, single, and then a 2-run double by Andrew McCutchen that extended their lead to 5-2. Ian Gibaut had to work around two hits in the 8th, but he did just that to keep the score the same as when he entered the game. After the Reds got one of the runs back to make it 5-3 it was Hunter Strickland’s turn to pitch and he tossed a shutout top of the 9th that ended on a strikeout of Victor Caratini on a slider that hit him in the knee. Cincinnati’s offense couldn’t get the job done in the bottom of the inning as they dropped their second in a row to the Brewers on this homestand.
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