Brewers 3, Reds 6: Bullpen'd

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Wily Peralta pitched good enough to put the Brewers ahead, but the Brewers bullpen couldn't hold the lead.

Win: Bronson Arroyo (13-9)
Loss: John Axford (6-7)
Save: Aroldis Chapman (33)

HR: Gindl (2), Heisey (8), Cozart (10), Votto (19), Ludwick (1)

MVP: Wily Peralta (.140 WPA)
LVP: John Axford (-.450 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph


The Brewers took the lead early in this game. After Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez led off the second inning with two consecutive singles, Khris Davis hit an almost-a-home-run double to bring in the first run of the game. Scooter Gennett hit a sac fly to bring in a second run before the Brewers inning was over.

In the meantime, Wily Peralta pitched well enough to leave the game with the lead after five innings, but he had to work. Peralta threw 103 pitches and gave up seven hits and a walk, while allowing one run that came on a Chris Heisey homer in the fifth.

The Brewers bullpen then went ahead and gave up five runs in the sixth and seventh frames. Go ahead and guess which two relievers pitched most of those innings. Did you guess John Axford and Michael Gonzalez? Ding ding ding ding.

Axford gave up a solo home run to Ryan Ludwick, then a single to Jack Hannahan followed by a two-run homer for Zack Cozart. Gonzalez allowed a solo homer to Joey Votto, then a single to Brandon Phillips. Phillips came around to third after a throwing error by Jean Segura. After a strikeout, Gonzalez was pulled in favor of Burke Badenhop, who promptly allowed an RBI single to Cozart.

It wasn't until Tyler Thornburg pitched the eighth inning that a Brewers reliever could contain the Reds. Caleb Gindl led off the Brewers frame with a homer, but the damage had already been done. Aroldis Chapman shut Milwaukee down in the ninth to pick up the save and that was that.

Jonathan Lucroy looked pretty good at first base today, making a couple nice picks. Carlos Gomez looked much less than 100% in the outfield. The Brewers didn't draw a single walk today.

Milwaukee and Cincinnati play one more tomorrow. Marco Estrada is scheduled to take on Tony Cingrini, though last I heard Cingrini may not make the start. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 CT.

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