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Recap: Reds Win 6-3 Over the Brewers

During the recent winning streak the Reds have made a habit of jumping out to early leads. Tonight though it took a while to get ahead of the division rival Brewers.

Jedd Gyorko hit a solo Home Run for the Brewers in the top of the fifth inning to give them a 1-0 lead. It was just Milwaukee’s second hit of the game and it came after Reds starter Luis Castillo had recorded 10 consecutive outs on the mound.

After the Gyorko Home Run, the Reds would respond in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a two-run Home Run from Eugenio Suarez to take a 2-1 advantage.

Cincinnati would never look back from there. They added four runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a leadoff Home Run from Curt Casali and a three-run bomb from Mike Moustakas.

Luis Castillo pitched 6 2/3 innings on his way to his fourth consecutive win before turning things over to the bullpen. Amir Garrett got a crucial third out in the seventh with runners at second and third to preserve the lead for the Reds.

Then, Garrett recorded the first out of the eighth before handing the ball off to Closer Raisel Iglesias. With just three pitches in the eighth Iglesias induced a ground ball to end the inning with a 6-4-3 double play.

After taking a five run lead, the Reds turned to Nate Jones to complete the ninth inning. Jones allowed two runs on a Jace Peterson Home Run but was able to escape with a 6-3 victory for the Reds.

Tomorrow evening Cincinnati is back in action at 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time with Sonny Gray returning to the mound from the Injured List. Milwaukee will throw veteran left-hander Brett Anderson.

Luis Castillo: 4 in a Row

It has been a tale of two seasons for Luis Castillo. The preseason Cy Young candidate began the year 0-5 while facing some bad luck both in terms of run support and unearned runs thanks to a lackluster defense.

Since the tough start, La Piedra has gone 4-0 over his last four starts encompassing 28 2/3 innings while striking out 33 batters. His ERA through those four starts is 1.26.

Castillo’s ERA for the 2020 season has now dropped to 2.86 from above 4.00 just four starts ago.

Six Runs via Home Run

The Reds have made a living off of the long ball this season. This was their 15th game this season with three or more Home Runs in a game. Cincinnati has now scored 60.5% of their runs this season via the Home Run and are seventh in Major League Baseball in Home Runs.

Eugenio Suarez has now hit 14 Home Runs on the season after tonight’s bomb, the most on the team. Curt Casali and Mike Moustakas each hit their sixth homer of 2020.

Playoff Picture

It was essentially a perfect night for the Cincinnati Reds in terms of improving their shot at the playoffs. Sitting a game above .500 for the first time since after their Opening Day win, the Reds would currently be the #7 seed in the National League. St. Louis fell to the Royals which brought the Reds into a tie for second place in the NL Central. However, the Cardinals .510 winning percentage is fractionally better than the Reds giving them the tiebreaker at this moment.

Here are how the other notable games turned out and where the teams stand in relation to the Reds.

Atlanta Braves 5 Miami Marlins 4 (0.5 game ahead of the Reds)

Washington Nationals 5 Philedelphia Phillies 1 (0.5 game behind the Reds)

Kansas City Royals 5 St. Louis Cardinals 1 (tied for 2nd in NL Central)

Colorado Rockies 7 San Francisco Giants 2 (1 game behind the Reds)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 New York Mets 1 (3.5 games behind the Reds)


Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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

9 Comments for Recap: Reds Win 6-3 Over the Brewers

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    11:13 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Las Rojas son la bomba!

  2. westkycat20
    11:58 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Yo soy Reds suck

  3. ClutchCargo
    12:40 am September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully Sonny Gray is ready to come back and isn’t rushing things. Also, suck it, westkycat20.

    • westkycat20
      6:28 am September 22, 2020 Permalink

      Really. You took it there huh. That’s big of ya.

    • ClutchCargo
      8:32 am September 22, 2020 Permalink

      Apologies westkycat20. You’re right, that was a bit much.

    • Bluehender
      9:50 am September 22, 2020 Permalink

      Some BBN love…go Cardinals!!!

    • ClutchCargo
      9:54 am September 22, 2020 Permalink

      “go Cardinals!!!”

      How do you guys even type such an awful phrase? *barf* I had to copy and paste, I just couldn’t do it.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:19 am September 22, 2020 Permalink

      Clutch, they’re our biggest rival now I guess, but I still have a hard time forgetting that it’s not the Dodgers anymore. Mark Buerger even says he still hates the Dodgers more than any other sports team. Man I miss him on Sunday mornings.

  4. panicpat
    6:46 am September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Make or break series. Great way to start it. Now just split the next 2 then win 2 outta 3 against the Twins.