It was an offensive struggle for the Cincinnati Reds as they managed just three hits in a 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in front of a record crowd at Great American Ball Park on Friday night.
|Milwaukee Brewers (30-27)
|Cincinnati Reds (26-31)
|W: Wilson (2-0) L: Cruz (1-1)|
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Milwaukee got the scoring started in the 2nd inning when Joey Weimer crushed a 432-foot 2-run homer in the 2nd inning. The Reds would get a run back in the bottom of the inning after Jake Fraley walked, stole second, moved up to third on a ground out, and then scored on a play at the plate when Nick Senzel grounded to second base and Fraley slid in at the plate ahead of the tag.
An inning later would see Cincinnati take the lead. Luke Maile walked to lead off the inning and would come around to score on a Jonathan India 2-run homer. It was the first hit of the game for the Reds and it was a big one.
Brandon Williamson and the Reds found themselves in trouble in the top of the 4th. Christian Yelich led off with a walk. After a strikeout, Williamson induced what looked like a perfect ground ball double play, but Matt McLain threw the ball by Jonathan India at second, and it led to runners on second and third with one out. A walk would load the bases before a ground out brought in the tying run. A strikeout would end the inning.
From there, Williamson would cruise through the next two innings. Pitching in the 7th for the first time in his big league career, he would get Victor Caratini to ground out to begin the inning, but then hit Mike Mrosseau with a pitch. The lefty would get Rowdy Tellez to fly out for the second out of the inning, but that was all he’d get as David Bell came out to call on Buck Farmer to try and finish out the inning. He needed six pitches to get Owen Miller to fly out and end the inning.
Lucas Sims took over to start the 8th inning and he tossed a perfect inning with two strikeouts. In the bottom of the inning Jonathan India was hit by a pitch and stole second base, but the Reds went 1-2-3 from there and left him stranded.
Alexis Diaz took over in the top of the 9th inning and walked the first batter of the inning. Diaz was unphased, getting back-to-back pop ups before a shallow fly out to left field to put the Reds in position to walk things off in the bottom of the frame. Will Benson would reach on a 1-out error on a short-hopper that ate up third baseman Owen Miller. Cincinnati then brought Spencer Steer in to pinch hit for Luke Maile. Benson would steal second base during the at-bat to put the winning run in scoring position. Steer would pop up, leaving things up to Kevin Newman. He grounded out to third base and the game headed to extras.
Alex Young began the 10th inning for the Reds. He struck out fellow lefty Rowdy Tellez to start the inning, but Owen Miller singled. The free runner, Brice Turang, had to hold up to see if the soft line drive would be caught and only advanced to third. Young followed up by striking out William Contreras, but he walked Christian Yelich on four pitches to load the bases. That led to a pitching change with Cincinnati calling on Fernando Cruz to try and keep the Brewers off of the board and he got the job done, getting a pop up in foul territory to Curt Casali to send the game to the bottom of the 10th.
Kevin Newman would begin the 10th inning as the Reds free runner on second base. Matt McLain hit an absolute laser to lead off the inning, but his 110 MPH line drive was right at Joey Wiemer in center for the first out of the inning. Jonathan India battled before being hit by the 7th pitch of his plate appearance. Jake Fraley flew out for the second out of the inning. Both Newman and India would steal a base, but it mattered none as Tyler Stephenson struck out to end the inning.
Fernando Cruz returned to the mound and Brian Anderson began the inning as the Brewers free runner. Andruw Monasterio singled to lead off the inning but Anderson was held at third base to put runners on the corners. A walk would follow and so would a mound visit from pitching coach Derek Johnson. Cruz got a ground ball, but the Reds were only able to get the out at second on the play as the Brewers scored a run to take a 4-3 lead. Another ground out followed and the Reds failed to turn two once again, with another run scoring to make it 5-3. A strikeout would end the top of the inning.
Cincinnati would need a big inning to keep the game going or to end it in a favorable manner. Tyler Stephenson began the inning on second as the team’s free runner. He would move up on a ground out by Stuart Fairchild, but that was the second out of the inning. Curt Casali came through with an RBI double to make it a 5-4 game. Jose Barrero then entered the game to pinch run for Casali and the game was left up to Spencer Steer. He would work a full count before grounding out to end the game.
Key Moment of the Game
When Fernando Cruz tried to turn a double play on a comebacker instead of going to the plate. The Reds failed to turn two, a run scored, and the Brewers took a 5-3 lead. That 5th run turned out to be the difference in the game.
Notes Worth Noting
Brandon Williamson matched his carer high with six strikeouts. He had his longest outing of his career at 6.2 innings.
Spencer Steer was named National League Rookie of the Month for May. He hit .318/.372/.573 with eight doubles, a triple, six home runs, and 19 RBI during May.
Matt McLain’s 10 game hitting streak came to an end.
44,073 people showed up for the game. That’s a new regular season record for Great American Ball Park.
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