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Recap: Brewers Score 6 in the 6th, Win 9-3

The Reds got on the board early once again in the first inning this afternoon when Jesse Winker pushed a 2-out, 2-strike single into left field to score Nick Castellanos. Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez had walked in the inning to reach base. Winker would also send a solo Home Run into the right field bleachers in the fourth inning.

On the mound for the Redlegs, Sonny Gray certainly wasn’t as sharp as he has been so far this season, but still had struck out seven batters through his first five innings of work and allowed just one run. Things took a turn for the worse to begin the sixth inning though. Gray allowed a leadoff double to Justin Smoak and then a single to Mark Mathias who immediately stole second base. Manny Pina then ended Sonny Gray’s day with a RBI single that tied the game at 2-2.

Gray would be charged with two more runs after exiting the game with one out in the sixth inning. Michael Lorenzen was called upon with runners at first and third with one out in a tie game. Lorenzen walked three of the four batters he faced and gave up a single before giving way to left-hander Cody Reed. Reed also surrendered a walk and hit but mercifully finished the frame, but not before the Brewers hung six runs in the inning to take a commanding 7-2 lead.

The Brewers would add two more runs in the eighth inning off of back-to-back Home Runs to dead center field from Keston Hiura and Christian Yelich to extended the lead to 9-2. Freddy Galvis drove in a run for the Reds in the top of the ninth, but the Brewers closed it out with a 9-3 victory.

The Reds fall to 7-9 on the season after today’s loss while Milwaukee avoided the series sweep and improved to 6-7 this year. Tomorrow will mark the Reds first scheduled off day of the season before they begin a two-game set against the Kansas City Royals at Great American Ball Park.

The Bullpen Blows Up Once Again

Stop me if you have heard this before. The Reds bullpen failed to do their job once again as they allowed a parade of hits, walks, and Home Runs after taking over for Sonny Gray in the sixth inning. 

Michael Lorenzen was up first and continued his very tough 2020 season by walking three batters, including twice with the bases loaded, and failed to record an out. He was charged with three runs and his ERA now sits at 16.88 on the season. Cody Reed then came in and allowed a hit and a walk, but was able to finally end the dreadful sixth inning for the Reds.

Joel Kuhnel entered to pitch the seventh inning and retired the first two batters he faced. However, Keston Hiura and Christian Yelich hit back-to-back Home Runs before he could close out the inning.

All told, the Reds bullpen pitched just 2 2/3 innings but allowed four hits, five runs, and walked four batters. The bullpen as a whole now has a 7.21 ERA over the course of 48 2/3 innings this year.

Jesse Winker is on a Roll

As a small token of good news, Jesse Winker is absolutely on fire at the plate. He really, really struggle to begin the season, but is now 9 for his last 17 at the plate. Today he drove in two of the Reds runs and scored the other while collecting a Home Run and a double. Winker is now all the way up to a .275 batting average.

Six Game Home Stand

Mandatory Credit: Jim Owens-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s game was very frustrating and embarrassing, but the Reds still did what they needed to do and won a series on the road in Milwaukee. Now, they will return home to Cincinnati for six straight at GABP, two against the Royals and then four game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Royals and Pirates are currently a combined 10-23 on the season.

The Reds pitching rotation this week will be: Luis Castillo Tuesday evening, Wade Miley on Wednesday, Anthony DeSclafani Thursday, Sonny Gray on Friday, and Trevor Bauer on Saturday.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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4 Comments for Recap: Brewers Score 6 in the 6th, Win 9-3

  1. Tom Bombadil
    5:49 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    Reds gonna be Reds! Dang it man!

  2. westkycat20
    8:19 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    The Reds suck

  3. PensacolaCat
    8:26 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    No one cares