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Recap: Reds Take Down the Brewers, 4-1

For the second consecutive night the Cincinnati Reds jumped on the board early in the game with a big inning. In their first trip to the plate this evening in Milwaukee, the Reds put up a three-spot thanks to a Eugenio Suarez Home Run. Phillip Ervin led off the game with an infield single and Joey Votto reached via error before the Suarez bomb.

Given the luxury of pitching with an early lead, Anthony DeSclafani immediately settled in and absolutely cruised through six innings of shut out baseball striking out six and allowing just two hits. Disco has yet to give up a run in his 11 innings on the mound this season.

The Reds added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning with a pinch-hit triple from Shogo Akiyama that brought in Kyle Farmer to extend the Cincinnati lead to 4-0.

In the bottom of the seventh David Bell brought in Amir Garrett who mowed down three Milwaukee batters in a row, two of them via strikeout. Then, Bell turned to Michael Lorenzen who saw his struggles continue in the eighth inning. Ben Gamel hit a leadoff double to the center field wall and was then moved to third base on a Omar Narvaez single. Brock Hold brought Gamel in on a sacrifice fly, but Lorenzen was able to limit the damage to that lone run.

Raisel Iglesias came in to close things down in the bottom of the ninth and he did just that. Iglesias, who earned just his second save of the season, struck out two batters and induced an easy ground out to second base to slam the door on the Brewers. The save was the 100th of his career. The Reds moved to 7-8 on the season with tonight’s 4-1 victory, while the Brew Crew fell to 5-7.

Another Excellent Starting Pitching Performance

The Reds may have a shaky bullpen and their bats are just starting to come alive this weekend, but the starting pitching has been consistently great all season long. Sonny Gray and Trevor Bauer have arguably been the two best pitchers in all of baseball in 2020, Anthony DeSclafani hasn’t allowed a run yet, Luis Castillo has been relatively solid, and even guys like Tyler Mahle and Tejay Antone have been great in their time filling in as part of the starting rotation.

Through 82 innings this season the Reds starting pitching staff is sporting a 2.30 Earned Run Average. Unfortunately they haven’t gotten consistent run support and the bullpen has been extremely unreliable which is why the Reds are only 7-8 after 25% of the shortened season has been played.

Reds Rely on the Long Ball

At the plate the Reds simply haven’t lived up to the preseason expectation. Part of that certainly stems from off-season signee Mike Moustakas missing over half of the games so far with a variety of ailments and Nick Senzel being in and out of the lineup. However, guys like Eugenio Suarez are still a long way away from even breaking a .200 Batting Average and Joey Votto is slowly creeping his way down towards that .200 mark. 

What the team has lacked in station-to-station hitting, they have made up for with a lot of power. The Reds are now 5th in Major League Baseball with 21 Home Runs on the year despite being just middle of the pack in terms of runs scored. In order to have sustained success the Reds will need to become more consistent at the plate.

Get the Brooms Out Tomorrow Afternoon

The Reds will look for their first series sweep of 2020 and they have the man for the job taking the mound. Sonny Gray, with his 3-0 record and 0.96 ERA, will take the ball for the fourth time this season at 2:10 p.m. Eastern Time. Along with a chance to earn the sweep, the Reds can also get back to .500 on the season with a win tomorrow.

The Brewers will turn to right-hander Brandon Woodruff to try to avoid the sweep. Woodruff has been very solid in his first three starts, sporting a 2.08 ERA and a 1-1 record. 

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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

2 Comments for Recap: Reds Take Down the Brewers, 4-1

  1. panicpat
    1:45 am August 9, 2020 Permalink


  2. westkycat20
    2:39 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    Reds suck