Elly De La Cruz was robbed of a home run, hit a home run out of the stadium, but it wasn’t enough as the Cincinnati Reds fell to the Milwaukee Brewers on a walk-off hit in the 9th inning on Monday night to open the series between the top two teams in the National League Central.
|Cincinnati Reds (55-47)||2||6||1|
|Milwaukee Brewers (56-45)||3||7||0|
|W: Williams (5-2) L: Diaz (3-2)|
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Elly De La Cruz hit a ball 405 feet to lead off the game, but Joey Wiemer jumped at the wall and robbed him of a home run. Milwaukee didn’t miss their chance to score in their half of the 1st when Christian Yelich walked, stole second base, then scored on a single from William Contreras to take a 1-0 lead.
Graham Ashcraft ran into trouble again in the bottom of the 2nd inning when he allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning. But he would battle his way out of that jam with a fly out and back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
Tyler Stephenson led off the 3rd inning with an infield single. After a strikeout, Elly De La Cruz returned to the plate and this time no one was catching the ball he hit. De La Cruz hit a 456-foot, 2-run home run into left-center that appeared to leave the lower level of the stadium and put Cincinnati up 2-1.
Neither team would score again until the 6th inning when Sal Frelick hit a solo home run off of Ashcraft to tie the game up at 2-2. The next batter would walk and it would be the end of the day for Ashcraft and the game was turned over to Buck Farmer. Andruw Monasterio stole second base, and he’d move up to third on a wild pitch, but Farmer picked up back-to-back strikeouts to strand the runner and keep the game tied.
Alex Young took over for Cincinnati in the 7th and walked Blake Perkins to lead off the inning, who would then steal second base. Young got both Joey Wiemer and Christian Yelich to fly out, but with William Contreras coming to the plate the Reds called on Fernando Cruz out of the bullpen. The move worked out as he flew out to Will Benson in left to end the inning and keep the game knotted up at 2-2.
Derek Law took over for Cincinnati in the 8th inning. After striking out Willy Adames to start the inning, he issued back-to-back walks to Sal Frelick and Andruw Monasterio. Then he uncorked a wild pitch to advance both runners up a base. The Reds called the infield in and that move paid off as Owen Miller grounded the ball to third and Spencer Steer fired the ball home to beat Frelick to the plate by 10 feet for an easy second out of the inning. Brice Turang then lined out to Jake Fraley to end the inning and Cincinnati escaped the inning and held onto the tie.
Devin Williams made quick and easy work of Cincinnati’s middle of the order in the top of the 9th, striking out Spencer Steer and Joey Votto to end the inning. The Reds turned their half of the 9th inning over to Alexis Diaz to try and get the game into extras. He walked the leadoff batter Blake Perkins on four pitches. Former Red Jesse Winker then came up as a pinch hitter and singled on the first pitch he saw to move Perkins up to second base. Winker was then pinch run for. Christian Yelich ended the game with an RBI single on the second pitch he saw from Diaz.
Key Moment of the Game
Christian Yelich’s single to end the game.
Notes Worth Noting
The Cincinnati Reds are now 2-9 against the Milwaukee Brewers this season.
Matt Wilkes points out that the Reds are 0-39 this season against Brewers relievers Joel Payamps and Devin Williams this season.
Graham Ashcraft had a season high eight strikeouts in the game.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers
Tuesday July 25th, 8:10pm ET
Andrew Abbott (5-2, 2.10 ERA) vs Corbin Burnes (9-5, 3.49 ERA)