Chase Anderson got the start for Milwaukee this afternoon in Cincinnati, but didn’t pitch quite to the level we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him this season.
The trouble began for him in the 3rd inning, when opposing starter Homer Bailey worked a 10-pitch single off of Anderson. Billy Hamilton followed with a routine grounder to Orlando Arcia at shortstop, which he booted to allow runners to reach first and second. Consecutive walks to Zack Cosart and Joey Votto forced in the Reds’ first run. Fortunately Anderson was able to get Adam Duvall to ground into a double play as the next batter, ending the threat.
Anderson had issues again in the 6th inning. Votto, Duvall, and old friend Scooter Gennett lead off with consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs. Chase then issued his second bases loaded walk of the game, this time to Eugenio Suarez to make it 2-0 in favor of Cincinnati. Scott Schebler struck out but then Tucker Barnhart ripped a 2-run double to make it 4-0. That would be the end of the line for Anderson, who ended with 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, and 4 K.
Jared Hughes was called upon to try and stop the bleeding. He induced a ground out from Bailey, batting for himself, and then snared a first-pitch line drive off the bat of Billy Hamilton that ended the inning.
Speaking of Bailey, he kept Milwaukee off the board for most of the afternoon. The Brewers mounted a threat in the first inning, putting runners on the corners with one out for Travis Shaw. Shaw flew out to center field and Neil Walker, who was attempting to score from third base, was thrown out at home plate to end the inning.
Bailey mostly cruised after that, at least until the 7th inning. Ryan Braun lead off with a solo home run, the 299th of his career, to make it a 4-1 game. Shaw followed with a single, and then Domingo Santana hit a single of his own to put runners on first and second. Bailey then was replaced by Michael Lorenzen, who got Eric Thames to fly out to deep left field. He struck out Stephen Vogt before Orlando Arcia strode to the plate and deposited a first-pitch slider over the fence in center field to tie the game up at 4 apiece.
Kevin Shackelford of Cincinnati and Anthony Swarzak threw matching scoreless eighth innings, and then Reds’ closer Raisel Iglesias tossed a scoreless top of the 9th. Craig Counsell elected to go to Josh Hader to try and send the game to extra innings, who was warming up in the bullpen alongside Corey Knebel. Hader got Barnhart on a ground out to third base and then struck out Patrick Kivlehan on four pitches. That brought Hamilton to the plate, and he pulled a 1-1 fastball on the inner half of the plate over the fence for a walk-off home run. It was only Hamilton’s 4th home run of the season, and his first batting right-handed.
The loss drops Milwaukee’s record to 72-66, while the Reds improve to 59-79. These two teams will match up again tomorrow night at 6:10 PM CST, with Zach Davies (16-7, 3.85 ERA) looking to continue his hot second half while facing off against Robert Stephenson (3-4, 5.52 ERA).