The Reds had gone 45 consecutive innings without stringing together multiple hits until the top of the fourth this evening when Mike Moustakas followed up a Eugenio Suarez check-swing single with a base knock of his own. The Moustakas hit drove in Nick Castellanos, who had been hit by a pitch, and Suarez to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.
The Brewers answered right back with a three run inning in bottom of the fourth. Christian Yelich led the inning off with an infield single followed by a base hit by Keston Hiura. Then, Luis Castillo induced a ground ball to first baseman Joey Votto who committed a throwing error as the ball caromed of the back of Hiura who was running towards second base allowing Yelich to score on the play. A double by Ben Game and a single from Orlando Arcia drove in the other two runs as Milwaukee captured the lead, 3-2.
Cincinnati appeared to be in good position to reclaim the lead in fifth inning with the bases loaded and nobody out, but that would not happen. Joey Votto struck out looking for out number one. Then, Nick Castellanos came to the plate and sent a line shot to the opposite field that bounced in front of the Brewers right fielder. However, Freddy Galvis, who was on third base returned to third base as if to tag up instead of freezing on the line drive and was then throw out at home plate. It was a rare 9-2 fielder’s choice in the score book. Jesse Winker then popped up in the infield to allow the Brewers to escape the inning unscathed.
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From that point on the Reds offense would go quietly, once again getting nothing going against the Milwaukee bullpen. Brent Suder, Devin Williams, and Josh Hader combined for three perfect innings of baseball to hold on to a 3-2 victory.
The Reds will be back at it tomorrow night in Milwaukee at 8:10 p.m. Eastern Time for another shot at the Brewers. Sonny Gray will face off on the mound Adrian Houser.
Joey Votto’s Struggles Continue
The Reds veteran first baseman is now 0 for his 18 at the plate. Tonight, Votto suffered just his fifth “Golden Sombrero” (four strikeouts) of his career. Three of his strikeouts were of the looking variety. He also had a throwing error that allowed a run in the Brewers three-run fourth inning.
Votto’s batting average has now dropped all the way to .191 on the season. David Bell continues to stick by the future Hall of Famer, but he is having by far the worst season of his career. As he ran out onto the field in the bottom of the eighth inning he would be ejected from the game by the home plate umpire. David Bell was quickly run out of the game as well.
Luis Castillo’s Best Start of the Season
Castillo suffered some tough luck in the Brewers three run fourth inning, but pitched very well overall this evening. He struck out nine batters over six innings and allowed just five hits. However, he would fall to 0-4 on the season. If he can string together more starts like tonight his luck will begin to turn around on the mound this season.
Josh Hader’s Dominance Continues
I mentioned it last night, but it deserves to be brought up against. The Brewers closer now has throw 9 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball this season. Hader has struck out 13 batters and opponents are now 0-28 on the year. Tonight was his seventh save of the season.
His bullpen teammates deserve some credit too as they have not allowed a hit to the Cincinnati Reds yet this series in six innings of work.