Brewers 1, Reds 5: Glad to get out of Cincinnati

Joe Robbins

The Brewers will head on to Pittsburgh after being swept by the Reds.

Win: Bronson Arroyo (3-4)
Loss: Wily Peralta (3-3)

HR: Lutz (1), Paul (2)

MVP: Yuniesky Betancourt (.078 WPA)
LVP: Wily Peralta (-.220 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
Boxscore

About halfway through the game, my MLB.tv feed cut out. I didn't bother trying to reload it. I think that says enough about how this game went.

The Brewers actually out-hit the Reds, but it didn't feel like it. Wily Peralta had a nice start, but it didn't feel like it.

Peralta breezed through the first inning before giving up two straight singles in the second frame. After a strikeout, Donald Lutz hit his first career home run--a no-doubt three run shot deep in to right field. After that, Peralta looked gassed for the rest of the inning. He lost his control and generally looked mentally out of it, taking a long time between pitches and having to talk to Martin Maldonado about strategy.

Fortunately, he came back looking better in the third. He gave up an unearned run thanks in part to two errors, but one of those errors was Peralta's fault as he made a poor throw to second base on a force attempt and the ball dribbled into center field.

Peralta pitched well enough for the next three innings to earn a quality start. He allowed five hits and two walks over six innings of work. He still hasn't been able to make batters miss, notching just three strikeouts.

The Reds would score one more run in the seventh as Xavier Paul--the first batter Mike Fiers faced after being recalled--hit a solo home run. Fiers then got four ground outs, a flyout, and a strikeout to finish the seventh and eighth innings.

The Brewers only run came in the eighth inning. Alex Gonzalez led off with a single, then advanced to second on a groundout. A Jean Segura single put runners on the corners, but Segura shortly stole second base as Ryan Braun struck out. A passed ball allowed Gonzalez to score before Yuniesky Betancourt ended the inning by flying out to right field.

Segura had a nice day at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk and a double. Along with his stolen base, he also was caught stealing earlier in the game and made an error on a wide throw to first base. Betancourt picked up two hits and Rickie Weeks reached base twice with a single and a walk.

The Brewers are mercifully done with the Reds for now. They head on to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates next. First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 6:05 CT.

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