WP: Dan Straily (14-8); LP: Taylor Jungmann (0-5); Save: none; HR: Cinc, Joey Votto (26); Mil, Domingo Santana (10)
Three batters in and Taylor Jungmann and the Brewers were down to the Reds 2-0, and they never could get all the way back as Dan Straily and two relievers combined to limit the Brewers to one run on six hits.
The Reds first inning runs came courtesy of a two run homer from Joey Votto, driving in Scott Schebler who had singled. Jungmann ended up pitching four innings, and allowed three hits and the two runs, and struck out three, but control was again an issue as he walked four. The jury remains out on Jungmann’s place in the Brewer plans for next year and going forward.
The Brewer pen had a poor outing tonight, with Jacob Barnes and Rob Scahill both allowing a run in their inning of work, and Michael Blazek again looking less than ordinary, giving up two ninth inning runs (one earned) while walking a pair and giving up a hit. a Scooter Gennett error didn’t help things.
The Brewers lone tally came on a second inning, one out homer from Domingo Santana. (There was a long pause there that you can’t see while I tried to come up with something else nice to say about the Brewer offense...)
OH! Jonathan Villar stole his 59th base, and with Billy Hamilton out for the rest of the season (he has 58) it looks like Villar will lead the league in steals. Villar’s buddy Starling Marte has 47 with the Pirates, so it isn’t likely he will catch Villar. Congrats to Jonathan! (Now go practice taking grounders at third and making the throw across the diamond.)
Tomorrow afternoon the Reds (64-90) will send Brandon Finnegan (9-11, 4.10)) out to the mound. The Brewers (70 - 85) will counter with Wily Peralta (7-10, 5.21). This will mark the end of the season at Miller Park, one that saw the Brewers play well at home considering the expectations the experts and us fans had for the Crew at the start of the season.