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Brewers playoff hopes take a hit as they lose 6-1 to Reds

Reds lead from the first on and Brewers can’t recover.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

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With a chance to move ahead in the standings, the Brewers faced the Reds for the final time this season tonight in Cincinnati. Unfortunately, they couldn’t take advantage.

The Brewers fell behind early in the game. Avisail Garcia led off with a single, but then was caught stealing second base (originally called safe, but overturned on replay). Strikeouts by Christian Yelich and Jedd Gyorko ended the inning, and the Reds took their half of the first inning. Shogo Akiyama walked to start for the Reds, and then Joey Votto hit a two-run home run to put the Reds up 2-0.

Meanwhile, the Brewers offense couldn’t get going. They didn’t get another baserunner until the fifth inning, and in the meantime, the Reds added another run on a Jesse Winker home run. The fifth did give them a chance, as Daniel Vogelbach led off with a walk, and Orlando Arcia doubled him in with two outs to give the Brewers a run. They couldn’t get any more though, as Eric Sogard flew out on the first pitch of the next at-bat to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Reds took full advantage of the game. After Akiyama flew out to start the inning, Nick Castellanos reached second on a throwing error by Keston Hiura. That ended the day for starting pitcher Adrian Houser, and Alex Claudio came on in relief. He started shaky, walking Joey Votto on four pitches, then started with a 2-1 count for Eugenio Suarez before he hit a home run, increasing the Reds lead to 6-1.

The Brewers tried again in the sixth inning, when Jacob Nottingham reached on a throwing error and Garcia singled, putting runners at first and third. They didn’t get any farther, as Yelich, Gyorko, and Vogelbach ended the inning. The Brewers couldn’t muster another threat after that, and the Reds took the game 6-1.

Trevor Bauer of the Reds carved up the Brewers today. He allowed just the one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out 12 Brewers. Meanwhile, Adrian Houser couldn’t match him, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk, with five strikeouts. Alex Claudio allowed the other two runs on a hit and a walk in his 0.2 innings of work. In the bullpens, former Brewer Wade Miley finished the game with just a hit allowed in the ninth, while Eric Yardley, Corey Knebel, and Ray Black each pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout for the Brewers.

On offense, Avisail Garcia had a good day, going 3-for-4, but he was the only one who did. Jedd Gyorko and Orlando Arcia each added a hit, but that was it for the offense. Christian Yelich went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, and Gyorko, Hiura, and Peterson each had two strikeouts.

With the loss, the Brewers fall a half game behind the Reds for the second Wild Card spot, tied with the Philies, who won today. The Cardinals are currently losing to the Royals 12-1, so there will be a virtual tie for the second NL Central spot after today, The Brewers still have some control over their destiny, as they play two more games than the Reds the rest of the way. They also get the Cardinals in a five-game series next, with a chance to make up some of that ground.

The series against the Cardinals begins tomorrow evening. Corbin Burnes will get what will likely be his last start of the regular season tomorrow, and he will face Kwang Hyun Kim, who has been very strong for the Cardinals this season. First pitch is at 7:15 pm.