The Brewers struck early off of Trevor Bauer scoring a run on three hits in the top of the first inning to jump on top of the Reds. Their offense picked back up in the third inning when Justin Smoak, who drove in the run in the first inning, smacked a two-run Home Run to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead. Omar Narvaez made it a 4-0 game in fourth inning and that would prove to be all the scoring Milwaukee would need.
On the mound for the Brew Crew, veteran left-hander Brett Anderson was excellent allowing just two runs on five hits in six innings of work. Anderson was relieved after allowing a leadoff Home Run to Eugenio Suarez in the sixth inning and the bullpen shut things down the rest of the way.
Devin Williams, David Phelps, and Josh Hader combined to throw three innings of no-hit baseball out of the bullpen to secure a 4-2 victory for the Brewers. The trio struck out six batters while walking just one in their three innings of work.
The Reds, now losers of three straight, will return to action tomorrow evening at 8:10 p.m. Eastern Time. Still seeking his first win of the season, Luis Castillo will take the mound for the Reds against Brandon Woodruff of the Brewers.
Bauer Struggles Early, Competes Through 6 1/3
Trevor Bauer. ? pic.twitter.com/dDCbRP80t7
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 25, 2020
After allowing just two runs in his first four starts of the season, Trevor Bauer allowed four runs this evening against the Milwaukee Brewers. Bauer gave up three hits in the top of the first inning as Justin Smoak pushed across a run on a two-out RBI single. Smoak followed it up with a two-run Home Run in the third inning as the Brewers took a 3-0 lead. Omar Narvaez added a solo shot of his own to begin the fourth inning and give the Brewers a 4-0 advantage.
After the Narvaez Home Run Bauer settled in and made it through 6 1/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out eight Milwaukee batters. Bauer’s 49 strikeouts through his first five starts is a Cincinnati Reds club record. He is now 3-1 this season 1.65 Earned Run Average.
Reds Continue to Rely on the Long Ball
Must be the hair! pic.twitter.com/pnz9d0XKoz
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 25, 2020
For the eighth time this season the Reds only scored via Home Runs. Curt Casali got Cincinnati on the board with a solo Home Run in the sixth inning. Then, to begin the seventh inning, Eugenio Suarez sent one into the Miller Park stands to cut the deficit to 4-2. However, the offense could only manage three other hits on the game on their way to a third consecutive loss.
Cincinnati has now scored 108 runs on the season and 68 of those runs have come from the long ball. Despite ranking 10th in Major League Baseball in Home Runs this season, the Reds fall in 25th place in runs scored. Their team batting average of .206 is the worst in all of baseball as well.
Josh Hader Dominates for Milwaukee
Through 8 outings, Josh Hader has yet to allow a run or a hit.
He's now 6-for-6 in save chances and tonight's save means another $2,000 for the @Players4planet Save the Ocean program supported by @SCJohnson, @Bruter24, Corey Knebel and the Brewers!#ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/ceFThgtT8B
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 25, 2020
Brewers Closer Josh Hader earned his sixth save of the season this evening, but that is far from his most impressive stat. Hader, a hard throwing left-hander, has yet to allow a hit or a run this season in 8 1/3 innings on the mound. Opposing hitters are now 0-25 against him with 13 strikeouts.