|Milwaukee Brewers (18-13)||7||9||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (7-23)||6||11||0|
|W: Chase Anderson (3-2) L: Homer Bailey (0-4) SV: Jeremy Jeffress (1)|
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This will probably shock you, but the Reds lost tonight.
Fortunately, the team is at least playing in competitive games recently. Unfortunately, the Reds haven’t turned that into many victories, and they now have more one-run losses (8) than wins (7) this season.
Here’s how tonight’s heartbreaker went down:
The Cincinnati offense is starting to regain its 2017 form after the return of Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler. Eleven base hits were knocked. Six walks were drawn. Unfortunately, that only translated into six runs. The Reds ended an inning with a runner in scoring position four times and had a runner thrown out at second base to end two more frames. Not great.
There were some highlights, though. Suarez smashed his fourth home run of the season to tie the game in the first inning and erase an early three-run deficit. That would’ve seemed insurmountable just a couple of weeks ago. Suarez also had a sacrifice fly later in the game, giving him seven runs knocked in over his last two games.
Alex Blandino added his first career big-league home run, a solo shot in the eighth. Billy Hamilton had two singles and an RBI. Tucker Barnhart walked two more times, giving him 16 for the season and placing him second on the team.
For a third start in a row, Homer Bailey was not particularly sharp. He again lasted only five innings, forcing Jim Riggleman to go to his bullpen early for a second straight game. Bailey was tagged for five earned runs on six hits (including two more homers allowed) and a walk, and he struck out only one batter — which is perhaps the most alarming part about his night. Since notching seven strikeouts on April 10, Bailey has just 10 over his last four outings and a 13.1 K% on the season. He had just four swings and missed on 86 pitches tonight.
The train went off the rails early for Bailey, when he allowed a two-run homer to Travis Shaw and a solo shot to Jesus Aguilar in the first inning. After the offense tied the game at three in the bottom half of the inning, Bailey righted the ship a bit, retiring 10 of the next 11 hitters.
But he got into more trouble in the fifth. Orlando Arcia reached on an infield single that could’ve easily gone as a throwing error against shortstop Jose Peraza. With two outs, Bailey walked Christian Yelich. Ryan Braun made him pay for the mistake, hitting an opposite field double to give the Brewers the lead again.
David Hernandez was the next man up. He walked a batter and allowed an RBI triple in the sixth. Amir Garrett pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out one and giving up a solo home run to Hernan Perez in the seventh on what was a pretty good pitch down and in.
Dylan Floro was the pitcher of the game for the Reds. He struck out back-to-back hitters to end the eighth and notched two more strikeouts in the ninth. A harmless single was the only smudge on Floro’s line tonight.
- Adam Duvall batted second today, presumably in an attempt by Jim Riggleman to get the slumping left fielder going at the plate between two hot hitters. Predictably, it didn’t work. He went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk. In the third inning, Duvall came to the plate with runners on the corners and two outs. He struck out, leaving Joey Votto in the on-deck circle in a big situation once again. He was later picked off at second base to end the fifth inning with the go-ahead run at the plate.
- Rosell Herrera got his first major-league start and picked up his first career hit with a single in the second inning.
- Most of us probably had no clue who Dylan Floro was before this year, but he’s off to a nice start in the Reds’ bullpen. Through 11 2/3 innings, he has a 0.77 ERA (1.82 FIP, 3.02 xFIP) and 11 strikeouts against just two walks.
- Peraza had two steals today to give him five on the year. Per Statcast, Peraza’s 29.0 feet per second maximum sprint speed ranks 27th among 370 players measured this season. Billy Hamilton (30.0 ft/s) is fourth. Phil Gosselin (29.1 ft/s), weirdly, ranks 20th.
Luis Castillo (7.85 ERA, 4.40 xFIP) will look to rebound from his worst career major-league start when he toes the rubber on Wednesday in the series finale against the Brewers. The opposition will send Wade Miley to the mound to make his Brewers debut after missing the first month of the season with a groin injury. First pitch is again set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
Photo Credit: Kareem Elgazzar – Cincinnati Enquirer
Growing up just north of Cincinnati, Matt has been a Reds fan for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was often found leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 and imitating his favorite players (Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns) in the backyard. One of his earliest baseball memories is attending the final night game at Cinergy Field. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in the Dayton area. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.