The Short Version: Reds get some timely hitting, including four RBI from Eugenio Suarez, but the bullpen is unable to hang on to the lead (with an assist from some shaky umpiring). Cincinnati loses again.
|Milwaukee Brewers (17-13)||6||9||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (7-22)||5||7||1|
|W: Woodruff (1-0) L: Peralta (1-2) S: Hader (4)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Eugenio Suarez was 2-4 with a double and 4 RBI. His slash line now sits at .327/.411/.571.
–Scott Schebler and Jesse Winker each had a single, a double, and a run scored. Winker was robbed of another double by Christian (should be a Red) Yelich on a ball he absolutely hammered into left center in the sixth inning.
–Austin Brice pitched another good inning. He’s pitched in 13 games, and really only one of those outings was bad. At age 25, he’s looking like a guy that could be a relatively valuable bullpen piece.
–Billy Hamilton had a typical Billy night at the plate (1-4 with a run scored), but sheesh, he was good defensively out there in center field. Is it possible for someone to be worth the price of admission on defense and base running alone?
–The ball boy down the left field line at Great American Ball Park made a sweet play on a foul ball in the eighth inning.
–Wandy Peralta was the victim of an error, but he was also a victim of poor performance in an outing that lasted two-thirds of an inning (three runs on a hit and two walks).
–Tucker Barnhart made an error, a bad throw that permitted a run to score in the top of the seventh. You won’t see that every day, and I almost feel guilty mentioning it here. Tucker is pretty good defensively, you see.
–The final eight outs of the game for the Redlegs were via strikeout against Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader.
–Home plate umpire Rob Drake had a really bad day at his job. Probably cost the Reds the game (see below), but it wasn’t just that call. Just terrible at balls and strikes all night long.
–The Cincinnati Reds are seven and twenty-two. Good grief, this is ridiculous.
–The 2018 Reds may not be very good, but there have been lots of fun moments in this franchise’s history. Ironically, there’s a brand new book that looks at some of those moments. You should go buy it! My mom says it’s really good.
–Brandon Finnegan wasn’t good tonight, but he was good enough. He threw 89 pitches (50 strikes) in five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks.
Finnegan surrendered a solo homer in the top of the fourth, but the Reds grabbed the lead in the bottom half. Votto was hit by a pitch, then advanced to third on a Schebler double. Suarez knocked them both in with a double off the wall and the Reds took a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning.
Two batters into the top of the fifth, Finnegan had coughed up the lead once again after walking the opposing pitcher and giving up a two-run homer to Lorenzo Cain.
In the bottom half, however, the Reds grabbed the lead again. Billy Hamilton led off with a bloop over the third baseman that went for a double. Winker then laid down a gorgeous bunt for a single, moving Hamilton to third; Billy scored when Jose Peraza lifted a fly ball to center field. Votto walked and Schebler singled to load the bases, then Suarez came through again, this time with a two-run single up the middle to give the Reds a 5-3 lead.
–Staked to a 5-3 lead, Peralta gave up three runs (two earned) on a hit and two walks. It must be said that Peralta probably should have been out of the inning, as the umpire missed strike three on a full count pitch that would have bene out number three. See below:
— Reds Strike Zone (@RedsUmp) May 1, 2018
When Peralta left, Cincinnati still clung to a 5-4 lead, but Jared Hughes gave up two-run double on the first pitch he threw, and the lead was gone.
–Scooter Gennett had an MRI on his sore shoulder today, but he still made a pinch-hit appearance (and struck out).
MUST WATCH: Nick Senzel's first career home run at Louisville Slugger Field comes on an INSIDE-THE-PARK shot to center field! pic.twitter.com/VWUIFVtNv0
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) April 30, 2018
Another walk for Senzel. It's almost as though he doesn't really belong in the minors. Oh, and then a steal as I'm typing this. Hey, Nick Senzel.
— Jason Linden (@JasonLinden) April 30, 2018
— dinner_roll (@dinner_roll) May 1, 2018
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