Brewers 5, Reds 9
The Reds jumped all over Chase Anderson, scoring 7 runs in the first two innings. The Brewers were not able to mount any sort of comeback as they fell in the series opener. One aspect of the pitching that the Brewers have been having a tough time with this season is the leadoff hitter. Coming into the game, Brewer opponents had an on-base percentage of .466 when leading off an inning. The Reds got the leadoff hitter got on 4 out of 8 times in this game.
The Brewers traveled to Cincinnati to face the Reds in a 4-game series. The Reds and Brewers are widely considered to battle for the division cellar, and that is what they have done so far. The Brewers are a half game ahead of the Reds and are hoping to extend that during this series. Chase Anderson takes the mound for the Brewers against Alfredo Simon of the Reds.
After the Brewers went down in order in the top of the first, Zack Cozart singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Billy Hamilton hit a double over the head of Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Cozart went to third. Joey Votto drew a walk and the bases were loaded with nobody out.
Brandon Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to center that drove in Cozart. Jay Bruce hit a 3-run home run to give the Reds a 4-1 lead. Adam Duvall reached on a two-base error by Jonathan Villar and scored on a single by Tucker Barnhart. Anderson finally got out of the inning with a ground out to first, but the Brewers were in a 5-0 hole after the first inning.
Cozart led off the second inning with a double to left. The Brewers go lucky and Hamilton popped up a bunt that Jonathan Lucroy caught. Votto hit one back to the pitcher and the Brewers got the lead runner. Phillips hit a two-run home run to center field. Bruce grounded out to second to end the inning with the Reds up 7-0.
Lucroy was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth and moved to second on a one-out ground out to first. Aaron Hill hit a single to drive in Lucroy and took second on the throw. Colin Walsh struck out to end the inning and the Brewers trailed 7-1.
Votto led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk. Anderson struck out Phillips and Bruce and got Eugenio Suarez to pop out to end the inning with no damage.
Lucroy led off the seventh inning with a double to center field, but a strikeout and a pair of ground outs strand him at second. The Reds led 7-1 at the stretch.
Jonathan Villar drew a two-out walk and Alex Presley hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to finally drive Simon out of the game. The Reds’ bullpen has given up at least one run in a Major League record 22 straight games, a trend that the Brewers would try to continue.
Blake Wood entered the game in the eighth inning with two outs and nobody on. Ryan Braun singled off the foot of Wood to bring up Lucroy. Lucroy flew out to right, but the Brewers cut the lead to 7-3.
Suarez led off the bottom of the eighth with a double down the left field line. Duvall hit a two-run home run to center field to extend the Reds’ lead. That was all the Reds got, but their lead bumped up to 9-3 going into the ninth.
Chris Carter led off the ninth with his 10th home run of the season and extended the Reds’ bullpen streak of giving up at least one run to 23. Nieuwenhuis doubled off the wall in left-center field. Aaron Hill grounded out to second and Nieuwenhuis advanced to third. Colin Walsh grounded out to drive in Nieuwenhuis. Santana went down on strikes to end the game and the Reds took the first game of the series.
Domingo Santana was held out of the lineup for the third time in four games due to shoulder tightness.
The Brewers picked up left handed pitcher Michael Kirkman off of waivers from the Padres.
|Record for the Week||2-2||1-0|
|Record for the Month||3-2||1-0|
|Record for the Year||11-17||2-6-2|
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