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Nelson falters again, Brewers lose 7-1

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The offense can’t get going at home to bail Jimmy out.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Box Score

WP: Tanner Roark (W, 5-6)
LP: Jimmy Nelson (L, 0-2)

HR: Christian Yelich (28), Jose Iglesias (5), Nick Senzel (7)

The Milwaukee Brewers now have a four-game losing streak and have only won three of their last ten after falling to the Cincinnati Reds 7-1. Unfortunately, this loss brought two big pain points to light for Milwaukee: a reeling pitching staff and a struggling offense.

Jimmy Nelson had yet another abysmal outing in just his third start back from labrum surgery. He started the game with an out, then loaded the bases and walked in a run. Three runs would come in to score before Nelson escaped the inning.

Nelson looked reasonable in the second, third and fourth innings, working around a runner here and there. Jose Iglesias would end that stretch with a two-run homer in fifth inning. The Brewers righty would depart with a 5-1 deficit.

While Nelson cruised through those few innings, Christian Yelich would provide the Milwaukee Nine’s only offense of the night. Yeli smashed a solo homer 462 feet deep into right field, his 28th bomb on the season. He’s now just eight homers short of his career high from last season.

Freddy Peralta replaced Nelson, inheriting the 5-1 hole. While Peralta has shined in relief this season, he would have a messy second inning tonight. Nick Senzel crushed a two-run homer off the youngster in the seventh to bring the Reds up 7-1.

Milwaukee will attempt to right the ship tomorrow in game two of four against the Reds. Chase Anderson (3-1, 4.05 ERA) takes the bump against Sonny Gray (3-5, 3.77 ERA). First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.