WP: Matt Harvey (4-5); LP: Freddy Peralta (3-1); Save: none; Homeruns: Mil - Ryan Braun (10); Cin - Jose Peraza GS (5)
THIS...is a Box Score
The Milwaukee Brewers (48-35) retired the Cincinnati Reds (36-48) on one hit and no runs for six innings today at Great American Ballpark. Unfortunately, in their other two innings at the plate the Reds plated eight en route to an 8-2 beat-down of the Crew.
Matt Harvey topped Brewer starter Freddy Peralta for Cincy, as the Brewers managed just three groundball singles and a homerun - a hit total that the Reds matched before they even made an out.
Peralta’s start was a loss...but it was an example of true ‘grit’ - if such a thing exists. After the Brewers went down 1-2-3 in the first (an accomplishment they would repeat three more consecutive times), Freddy gave up a deep flyball into left center by Jose Peraza. It was a very pretty strike of a baseball, and Ryan Braun in left trotted over admiringly. Then he watched it bounce off of the warning track about ten feet away and out for a ground rule double. I’m not saying Braunie should have caught it, but he should have caught it - sore back or no.
From there it got worse. A walk, a double, two singles, and a walk put the Reds up 3-0 with nobody out and the bases loaded. Oh my. How would the rookie get even one full inning in this game?
Welp, by striking out the next three. And after a one out single and walk in the second, Freddy induced a double play from Eugenio Suarez - and then retired the next nine to get through five innings with the five hits, three walks, three runs (earned), and five strikeouts. Aaron Wilkerson was up and throwing in the first, but Peralta saved the pen a long game and gave Milwaukee a chance to come back.
But, as noted earlier, Harvey looked like 2012-15 Matt. He had a perfect game until Travis Shaw punched a lead-off single into left in the fifth. Harvey retired the next five before Brad Miller singled with two down in the sixth, and then the tarp came out as a sudden thunderstorm swept through Great American Ballpark. We were assured by the author of Sunday Sundries that there would be no rain today in Cincy - but he’s no Tom Haudricourt. David Hernandez replaced Harvey for the final out pf the sixth once play resumed after about an hour.
Aaron Wilkerson took the sixth, much to the delight of the Reds. He hit a batter and gave up four hits, including a grand slam homerun to Peraza to put Cincy up 8-0 with a five spot. Aaron rebounded to give the Brewers perfect innings in the seventh and eighth.
Rafael Iglesias need some work for the Reds (obviously) and fired six straight balls, walking Eric Thames and going 2-0 on Ryan Braun before Braunie swung and fouled off a low pitch. He must have known something...after two more foul balls, the Deputy homered deep to straight away center to get to the final score to 8-2. Iglesias settled down to retire the final three.
- Keon Broxton had a great running catch in center, taking extra bases away from Scott Schebler while crashing into the wall in center.
- Schebler, by the way, defied the Milwaukee shift all series with three base hits to left.
- One of my complaints from yesterday’s game - that Chacin should have had a hit, not an error on Scooter Gennett, was rectified. Jhoulys had a two hit game! I take full credit for that.
- The Reds now have nine grand slams this season, which ties a franchise season record. Yowzers.
- Travis Shaw had two of the Brewers’ four hits, only his second and third hits in his last seven games.
- Milwaukee led 3-1 into the bottom of the sixth yesterday. After that, they were outscored 19-0 until Braun’s ninth inning homerun today.
- Aaron Wilkerson had his first major league at bat (a bounce out to short in the eighth), and gave the bullpen some relief with three innings of work. I suspect that his reward will be a return trip to AAA Colorado Springs, with perhaps Domingo Santana or Brett Phillips coming back up.
Milwaukee returns home for a week-long homestand, opening with three against the Minnesota Twins. Brent Suter (8-5, 4.28) goes to break the two game skid against Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (2-6, 3.48).