|Cincinnati Reds (63-90)||4||9||1|
|Milwaukee Brewers (70-84)||5||8||2|
|W: Suter (2-1) L: DeSclafani (8-5)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Jose Peraza was 2-4 and he drove in all three of the Reds’ runs with a three-run homer, his third of the year. Peraza is now hitting .327/.349/.423. That’ll do.
–Brandon Phillips had two more hits. Eugenio Suarez had a single, a double, and a run scored.
–The bottom of the seventh was just a complete dumpster fire. The Reds were up 3-2 at the time. Anthony DeSclafani had given up only 2 runs over the first six innings — and had looked pretty good in the process — but he gave up a leadoff double, then walked the next two. Bases loaded, no outs, and Bryan Price called out to the bullpen for lefty Tony Cingrani.
Yes, the same Tony Cingrani who has this irritating habit of walking the first batter he faces. So what did Cingrani do? Walked the first batter, on four pitches. And with that walk, Cingrani broke the all-time Reds record for walking the first batter faced (14 times) in one season.
I’m going to second-guess Price here, and suggest that maybe Cingrani wasn’t the best choice with bases loaded.
So Price removes Cingrani after his four-pitch outing and brings in Blake Wood. Wood surrendered a two-run single to the first batter he faced, and the score was 5-2 Brewers. If the Brew Crew hadn’t run into two TOOTBLANs in the inning, Milwaukee might still be batting.
–Phillips committed his 14th error of the season. That’s the most he’s had in a season since 2006, his first year with the Reds.
–Your Cincinnati Reds have now lost 90 games. Before the last two years, the last time the Reds lost 90 or more in back to back seasons was 1930-1934.
–The game started well. First two batters reached, then Joey Votto drilled a line drive down the first base line. Looked like the Reds were going to take an early lead.
But the line drive was grabbed, and the next thing you know, Milwaukee had turned a triple play. That sums up 2016 pretty well.
–DeSclafani gave up five runs in six innings, which is not good, but as noted above, it was pretty good until the seventh (when he couldn’t record a single out).
–I’m still watching the Reds play out the string, but it’s getting increasingly difficult.