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Brewers Lose To Reds 5-1; Tyler Cravy Optioned to AAA

WP - Adleman (1-0) || LP - Cravy (0-1) || SV - Cingrani (1)

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Boy, doesn't it seem like every three out of five games that the Brewers just have no chance from the get go?

Embrace the suck, folks.

(Box Score)

Tyler Cravy started this game instead of Wily Peralta, who was recently placed on the paternity list after the birth of his baby daughter (congrats!). He wasn't very good. He allowed a first inning home run to Joey Votto and never looked back, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks in four innings. He allowed a three-run homer to Brandon Phillips in the third inning. Cravy threw 82 pitches, struck out four batters, and his ERA sits at 6.52 on the year.

The bullpen was a bright spot though. Carlos Torres (2 IP, 3K), Blaine Boyer (1 IP, 1 K), and Mike Blazek (1 IP, 1 BB) combined to throw four hitless, scoreless innings to finish out the game.

Tim Adleman (your home cleaning friend) was pitching in independent ball a few years ago and is now a 28 year old rookie who picked up his first big league win tonight against Milwaukee. He tossed five innings while allowing a lone run on a solo homer by Alex Presley (his 3rd of the year). Adleman scattered four hits, walked three batters, and struck out four.

This game was incredibly frustrating to watch. Particularly irritating was Jonathan Villar getting picked off by lefty Tony Cingrani in the ninth innings. Cincinnati's bullpen has been terrible lately. After a lead off single, just give your team a chance to score, man. And where was Carlos Subero on that? I like Jonathan Villar and think he's been a nice addition this year, but that was pretty terrible. The Reds bullpen ended their long scored-upon game streak tonight at 23 games with four scoreless innings.

After the game the club announced that they'd optioned Cravy back to Colorado Springs. That'll make room on the active roster for lefty Michael Kirkman, who was claimed on waivers on Thursday from San Diego. He made one appearance for the Padres, allowing four runs on six hits in 1.1 innings.

Kirkman happened to pitch in the Brewers system for a few months last year, posting a 2.81 ERA but 4.79 FIP in 32.0 innings. He struck out 34 but also walked 28 and has battled control issues throughout his career. He wound up being released and wasn't very happy about it at the time.

Jimmy Nelson starts tomorrow for the Brewers, so we should have a chance to win. He'll oppose Brandon Finnegan beginning at 6:10 PM CST at Great American Ballpark.

Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs