Reds pitching has been a cure for whatever ails an opponent’s struggling offense. Before this series, the Brewers had gone 14 games without scoring more than 4 runs. They managed 23 in this 3-game series. The Brewers have already hit 33 home runs against the Reds this year. That’s an all-time record for Milwaukee against any opponent. Six games remain between the two clubs in 2017.
The Reds head to Chicago for a four-game series with the stupid, first-place Cubs.
Sal Romano pitched five innings, one too many. He gave up seven runs on nine hits. He struck out six and only walked one. If Romano ends up in the Reds rotation long term, these starts will prove to be valuable experience for him.
Tim Adleman pitched a clean 6th inning with a strikeout.
Robert Stephenson, who was activated from the DL today, pitched the 7th. He navigated the heart of the Brewers lineup giving up only a walk. Stephenson hit a batter in the 8th but was otherwise dominant. Really good slider and fastball. If the Reds had decided to use Stephenson this way (long relief instead of starting) for his first appearance, you have to wonder why they weren’t willing to replace Romano after four.
Adam Duvall hit his 27th home run of the season, knocking in Joey Votto who had … wait for it … walked. It wasn’t a typical Duvall homer. Not only was it to right field, but it was down the line, just clearing the fence. Duvall is on pace to surpass his breakout 2016 season when he hit 33 homers with an isolated power (ISO) of .257. His ISO this year is .267 right now.
Speaking of Joey Votto, he had two walks. Yes, he failed to add to his hitting streak which had reached 17 games. But Votto did extend his Reds modern-day record of games getting on base at least twice.
Tucker Barnhart twice missed extra-base hits down the right field line by inches. Both times two runners were on base. Barnhart did have two singles.
Jesse Winker‘s first inning error snapped the Reds streak of nine error-free games.
Amir Garrett pitched for the Louisville Bats this afternoon. He pitched 5.1 innings giving up two runs. Garrett walked four and struck out five.