Last night saw two teams stand up in solidarity against social and racial injustice as they chose not to play baseball. Today those two teams play two. In the first game of the double header between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds it was all Reds.
Sonny Gray got the start for Cincinnati, and he was sharp. Over the five innings he pitched, Gray did not give up a run. He struck out four and walked two.
Adrian Houser got the start for Milwaukee, and he was not sharp. Houser could only get through four innings. He gave up four runs, and he gave up two long balls in the process.
The Reds got things rolling with their first run in the top of the second inning. Freddy Galvis worked a walk, and Jose Garcia dribbled a slow grounder up the third base line that resulted in his first big league hit. Curt Casali would drive Galvis in on an RBI single to left field to make it 1-0.
The top of the third inning saw Cincinnati mount a bit of a power display. Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker went back-to-back. Castellanos hit a towering shot to centerfield. Winker went opposite field over the left field wall. The Brewers were down 3-0.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Reds would add two more. Houser came out to begin the inning. A lead off double by Castellanos chased the young Brewers pitcher. He was replaced by Alex Claudio. The first man he faced was Jesse Winker. Winker did exactly what he did in his previous at-bat. He homered the opposite way.
The Reds would add their sixth and final run of the game in the top of the sixth. With J.P. Feyereisen on the mound for Milwaukee, the Reds hitters induced a couple of walks. One of those walks was granted to Jose Garcia. He would advance to second on a walk to Casali. He would advance to third on a sacrifice fly by Shogo Akiyama. Garcia would score off a deep fly ball by Nick Castellanos.
The Brewers kept from being shut out in the bottom of the sixth as Omar Narvaez went deep for his second home run of the year. Unfortunately it was not a six run shot, but a solo homer that just got over the right field wall.
Hopefully the Brewers can fare better in the next game of the double header as they fall 6-1 in seven innings. The second game will be telecast on Fox Sports Wisconsin and broadcast on WTMJ 620.