WP: Dan Straily (8-6)
LP: Zach Davies (9-5)
HR: Ryan Braun (20), Martin Maldonado (6), Eugenio Suarez (19)
The Reds have taken advantage of the Brewers in the first two games of this series, and it hasn’t even been close.
Tonight, the scoring started for the Reds in the third inning. A triple put Billy Hamilton in scoring position, and then Joey Votto drove Hamilton in with a single. The Brewers almost tied it up in the fourth. Scooter Gennett got on base with a single, then Hernan Perez hit a two-out double. Gennett initially scored, but on review he was called out and the Brewers remained down 1-0.
The sixth inning is where the Reds really blew the game open. Three singles started the inning, the third driving in a run. Zach Davies then threw a wild pitch to score the second run of the inning, then walked Scott Schebler to put runners at first and third. Michael Blazek came in after that and allowed a home run to Eugenio Suarez is to up the score to 6-0. Following that, Blazek allowed a single to Tucker Barnhard and Dan Straily reached on an error by Martin Maldonado, with another error by Orlando Arcia putting runners at first and third. Billy Hamilton recorded an out as the eighth batter of the inning. The next three batters drove runs in on a single, double, and a sacrifice fly, then Brandon Phillips lined out to end the inning. In total, twelve batters came to the plate, with seven hits, a walk, a wilk pitch, two errors, and a sacrifice fly. The Reds had a 9-0 lead after all of that.
Ryan Braun finally got the Brewers on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run. Three singles loaded the bases, then a groundout drove in a second run. The Reds got a run back the next inning on an RBI groundout by Tony Renda, and another run on another RBI groundout by Brandon Phillips in the eighth. Martin Maldonado would drive in two more Brewers runs with a home run in the eighth, and Scooter Gennett got one more with an RBI double in the ninth. However, it was not enough to overcome the massive deficit.
Zach Davies took the loss after being charged with five earned runs on eight hits in 5+ innings. Michael Blazek was the other reliever that was hit hard, allowing four runs (two earned) in his inning of work. Blaine Boyer and Carlos Torres each allowed a run on two hits in an inning, and Corey Knebel was the only reliever to have a scoreless inning in the game.
On offense, Scooter Gennett put together a good day with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, and Ryan Braun, Hernan Perez, and Keon Broxton each had two hits. The offense collected fourteen hits in total, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the sixteen hits from the Reds that scored eleven runs. Seven different Reds had multi-hit games led by Joey Votto’s 4-for-5 day.
The series concludes tomorrow as the Brewers try to avoid the sweep. Cody Reed of the Reds faces Wily Peralta in the finale. First pitch is at 1:10 pm.