It was a battle of left-handers at American Family Field in Milwaukee on Friday night, as Eric Lauer and the Brewers took on old friend Wade Miley and the Cincinnati Reds. Much like he did to opponents during his stellar run with the Cream City Nine in 2018, Miley sliced and diced his way through the lineup, stymying Milwaukee’s hitters on the way to a team shutout.
The Brewers certainly had their chances in this game. They recorded seven hits and three walks against Miley, but could not break through. The Brewers left runners on base in the first, second, fifth, sixth, seventh, and ninth innings, including stranding men in scoring position in the first, fifth, seventh, and ninth. Miley worked into the ninth inning but was lifted after allowing a leadoff double, finishing with eight shutout frames while Heath Hembree struck out the side for his fifth save.
Eric Lauer was effective for Milwaukee, even if he did get saddled with the loss in this one. He posted a quality start by working six innings while allowing one earned run on four hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. The Reds got their only run off him in the fourth, when Tucker Barnhart doubled home Eugenio Suarez. Miguel Sanchez allowed a run on two hits and a walk during his lone inning of work, and Hunter Strickland and Jandel Gustave both logged scoreless innings to finish out the game.
With the series now tied 1-1, the Brewers and Reds will do battle once again on Saturday evening. Newly-minted All-Star Freddy Peralta will get the start for the home team and he’ll face off against Vladimir Gutierrez, with first pitch scheduled for 6:15 PM central.