Nick Lodolo threw 6.0 strong innings, but the Brewers held up their end of the bargain by keeping the score knotted up at 1-1 until Spencer Steer came through with a big time go-ahead solo home run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Alexis Diaz took care of the rest as the Cincinnati Reds topped Milwaukee 2-1 on Sunday to avoid being swept.
|Milwaukee Brewers (82-71)
|Cincinnati Reds (60-93)||2||6||0|
|W: Farmer (2-1) L: Bush (2-3) SV: Diaz (9)
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Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Cincinnati tried to put together a 2-out rally when Aristides Aquino walked and Matt Reynolds singled into right field, but both would be stranded when a ground out ended the inning. The 3rd inning began when TJ Friedl was hit by a pitch that caught some of his hair. He moved up to second base on a ground out. With two outs in the inning Spencer Steer hit a tapper in front of the plate that Brewers catcher Victor Caratini fielded but couldn’t make the throw to first to get Steer, but Friedl had rounded third base a bit too much and was tagged out to end the inning.
In the 4th inning the Reds offense got back to trying to make something happen. Back-to-back 1-out walks from Aristides Aquino and Matt Reynolds loaded the bases for Austin Romine. The control problems continued to Aaron Ashby as he hit Romine with the 6th pitch of the plate appearance to tie the game up and turn the lineup over. TJ Friedl popped up a bunt for the second out, leaving things up to Jonathan India if Cincinnati was going to further cash in on a bases loaded opportunity. It wasn’t meant to be as India broke his bat on a ground out to keep the game tied up at 1-1. Spencer Steer led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a 414-foot home run to center to put Cincinnati in front 2-1. It was all they would manage to get in the inning but it turned out to be just enough.
Nick Lodolo sat the Brewers down in order in the 1st inning on three straight grounders. The first pitch he threw in the second inning didn’t wind up on the ground until after it bounced off of the 5th row of seats int he outfield and back onto the playing field as Hunter Renfroe gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead. A single and a 1-out double followed to put two men on. Lodolo struck out Victor Caratini before he got lucky when Tyrone Taylor hit a line drive that struck Keston Hiura between second and third to end the inning.
That little bit of good luck seemed to turn the tide for Nick Lodolo. From that point forward he allowed just one walk, no hits, and he finished the day with just that one run over 6.0 innings of work before turning the game over to reliever Derek Law in the 7th. Following a 1-out single, Law made an outstanding play to get out of the inning on a liner back up the middle that knocked his glove off before he picked the ball off of the ground, turned and fired to second before Spencer Steer stepped on the bag and fired to first for a double play.
Buck Farmer took over for Cincinnati in the 8th and made quick work of the Brewers to keep the game tied up at 1-1. After Spencer Steer gave the Reds a 2-1 lead with a home run in the bottom of the 8th it was time for Alexis Diaz to take the mound to try and seal the win. The rookie reliever needed 14 pitches, but he struck out all three batters that Milwaukee sent to the plate to hold on for a 2-1 victory.
Notes Worth Noting
Renfroe's HR in the second was the Brewers' 44th against the Reds this season.
That ties the 1956 Reds for most ever by one NL team against another in a season (44 vs. Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956).
— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) September 25, 2022
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