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Recap: Reds Bats Come Alive, Beat Brewers 8-3

The Reds failed to get on the board in the first inning tonight in Milwaukee which increased their scoreless inning streak to 24. However, in the top of the second, the Reds bats finally came alive. 

Christian Colon drew a leadoff walk to begin the inning and Jesse Winker singled to put runners at first and second with nobody out. A fly out to right field advanced Colon to third base before a Kyle Farmer double to deep left field plated Colon and moved Winker to third base. Nick Senzel then made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly. Nick Castellanos was next up and continued his excellent season with a double in the left-center field gap to drive in another run.

With the score at 3-0 and two outs in the inning Eugenio Suarez drew a walk and runners were once again at first and second. Matt Davidson quickly cleared the bases and blew the game wide open with a three-run Home Run to straight away center field to grow the Reds advantage to 6-0. 

Pitching with a big lead, Trevor Bauer was absolutely dominate. Bauer recorded the first six outs of the game via strikeout on his way to striking out 12 batters over six innings of work. The 29-year old right hander has now struck out 32 batters in 19 2/3 innings on the mound.

Bauer would surrender a Home Run in the fourth inning to Logan Morrison, but Nick Castellanos answered with a two-run shot of his own in the top of the sixth inning and the Reds lead grew to 8-1. The Brewers would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the 8th inning with a two-run Home Run from Christian Yelich, but the Reds closed out a 8-3 victory.

Trevor Bauer is Dominating Opposing Hitters

Bauer is now 2-0 on the season with a 0.93 ERA. The one run he gave up this evening actually made his ERA increase from 0.68. Over the course of his three starts in 2020, Bauer has thrown 19 2/3 innings and struck out 32 batters while walking just three.

After tonight’s outing, Bauer’s 0.93 ERA remains the lowest ERA in all of Major League Baseball. Who is in second place right on his heels? None other than his teammate and Cincinnati’s opening day starter Sonny Gray. Gray, who will take the mound in Sunday’s game against the Brewers, has a 0.96 ERA in his three starts.

Nick Castellanos Stays Hot

He may have snapped his 12-game hitting streak in last night’s shut out at the hands of the Cleveland Indians, but Castellanos got right back on the horse this evening. The Right Fielder went 2-5 at the plate, including his seventh Home Run of the season, and drove in three runs.

Castellanos is now slashing .340/.411/.840 with 7 Home Runs and 16 RBI. His seven long balls are tied with Aaron Judge for best in the MLB and his 16 RBI are just one behind the power-hitting Yankee’s 17 runs batted in. His .340 average is also third in all of baseball among qualifying hitters. It is still relatively early, even in a 60-game season, but Castellanos is a legitimate Triple Crown threat through 14 games.

DeSclafani vs. Anderson @ 7:10 Tomorrow

Game 2 of the series in Milwaukee gets under way tomorrow evening at 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time. The Reds will send Anthony DeSclafani to the mound for his second start of the season. The right-hander pitched five solid innings of shutout baseball last Sunday in the first game of a double-header sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

Left-hander Brett Anderson will take the mound for the Brewers. The veteran Anderson made his season debut on Monday and was hit around a little bit by the Chicago White Sox. He surrendered five hits and two runs before being pulled from the game after just three innings of work. Anderson went 13-9 with a 3.89 ERA for the Oakland Athletics last season.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

Basketball X's & O's for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @BRamseyKSR

1 Comment for Recap: Reds Bats Come Alive, Beat Brewers 8-3

  1. westkycat20
    11:12 am August 8, 2020 Permalink

    Did you see that???…..the Reds suck and the Brewers too.