WP: Brandon Finnegan (10-11); LP: (Wily Peralta, 7-11); Save: Raisel Iglesias (4); HR: none
A broken record for the Brewers at Miller Park today; once again the Reds jumped on top in the top of the first, scoring twice off of Willy Peralta. Adam Duvall’s double drove in one, and a fielder’s choice plated the second.
A Ryan Braun triple to right with two out in the bottom half of the first was wasted when Chris Carter fouled out to the catcher.
Cincy scored their third run in the third inning when Jose Peraza walked leading off the inning, and went to third on a two base error by Martin Maldonado and scored on a single by Scott Schleber.
Wily worked six innings, giving up five hits and three runs (two earned). He walked three and struck out five. Jhan Marinez worked the seventh and allowed the Pirates fourth run, on two hits. Brent Suter worked the final two innings, giving up a hit and striking out one.
The Brewers wasted a good scoring chance in the bottom of the sixth against Reds’ reliever Josh Smith, who replaced Brandon Finnegan after the fifth. Jake Elmore had a pinch single to lead off the inning, and Jonathon Villar doubled to put runners at second and third, but Domingo Santana struck out, Ryan Braun popped out, and Chris Carter struck out (my keys type that automatically after his name...) to leave them there.
The Crew finally broke through with two in the seventh off of Jumbo Diaz, and the Pirates helped. Hernan Perez led off the inning with a single and took second on a wild pitch. Orlando Arcia singled, with Perez taking third. Arcia stole second, and when Reds catcher Ramon Cabrerra threw it away Hernan scored and Arcia took third. Scooter Gennett had a pinch hit groundout to drive in Arcia, and the Brewers would score no more.
Milwaukee heads to Arlington for three with the Rangers, and a date with Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez. The Rangers (92-63 pending today’s game) will have Martin Perez (10-10, 4.14) out to counter Matt Garza’s last start this year for the Brewers (70-86). Matt is 5-8 with a 4.52 ERA.