The Short Version: Scooter Gennett breaks a ninth-inning tie with his 19th homer of the season — against his former team, no less — and the Reds win their fourth game in five days.
|Cincinnati Reds (56-70)||9||14||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (70-58)||7||11||2|
|W: Iglesias (2-1) L: Jennings (4-5)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Well, Scooter Gennett hit a ninth inning solo homer that defeated his former teammates. That’s good, right? Scooter finished the night 2 for 4 with 3 RBI.
–Billy Hamilton had two outs and two runs scored from the leadoff spot. Brandon Dixon had two doubles and a run scored. Phillip Ervin had two hits and an RBI. Mason Williams singled, tripled, scored a run and drove in another.
–Cody Reed looked really good in his one inning of work. Our buddy Jason Linden had a very interesting conversation with Reed recently.
–Below, I’m going to criticize interim Reds manager Jim Riggleman, so it’s only fair to give him kudos for a good decision, bringing in Raisel Iglesias for a 5-out save. It didn’t necessarily work out the way we wanted, but it’s a smart move.
–Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suarez each singled, walked, and scored a run.
–I’m very happy to defend Jose Peraza. He’s had a very good season in a lot of respects. Sometimes, however, he makes mistakes on defense that make me shake my head.
In the bottom of the eighth, with the Reds clinging to a one-run lead, Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton attempted a steal of second with no outs. Tucker Barnhart made an absolutely perfect throw to second…and Peraza just missed it. Really, that’s the only way to describe it. It hit Peraza in the wrist. I’m sure he would concede that it should have been caught and the tag applied.
Two batters later, Broxton scored the tying run.
–Interim Reds manager Jim Riggleman sent Michael Lorenzen to the plate to pinch-hit, then left him in to pitch. This is a good use of Lorenzen. Unfortunately, Riggleman is desperately in love with the bunt and just asked Lorenzen to lay one down in that pinch-hit appearance. Got in a two-strike hole quickly, then struck out. This is not smart managing.
–Also Riggleman ordered an intentional walk in the first inning. Draw your own conclusions about that decision.
–David Hernandez gave up two runs in a third of an inning.
–Hey, the Reds have won four of the last five games. I’ll take it.
–Sal Romano surrendered four runs in the first — the Brewers batted around — and it looked like an awful night. But somehow, Romano escaped the “Bad” category above by settling down and pitching well afterward. He ended up making it through five innings, allowing just one more run after the first.
I don’t really know what to make of Romano’s season. This isn’t the first time he settled down after a rough start. Ultimately, Big Sally has a 5.46 ERA in 25 starts as a 24-year old. Not sure there is any justification for him being in the big leagues over Tyler Mahle, but I’m also nowhere near ready to give up on him either.
–I don’t know if Dilson Herrera will ever be able to play adequate defense at any position. But I’ve seen enough to know that this kid can flat out hit. Love having his bat in the lineup.
–Something else I’m sure of: Brandon Dixon can be an effective utility/bench guy for a good team in the big leagues. I hope that good team is the Cincinnati Reds National League Baseball Club.
–After one inning, the Reds were down 4-0 and it was looking like another ugly night. But the good guys bounced back in the top of the third. Dilson Herrera — after making a bad throw that should have been an error earlier in the game — led off with a double down the left field line. He scored one out later when Romano dumped a single into center, and the Reds were on the board.
Billy Hamilton singled, and Phillip Ervin followed with a single of his own that was misplayed by Brewers RF Eric Thames. Romano scored, making it a 4-2 game. A Scooter Gennett sac fly narrowed the Milwaukee lead to 4-3.
–Milwaukee got a run back in the bottom of the third (on a homer by Jeff Shaw‘s son), but the Reds bounced back in the top half of the fourth. Mason Williams doubled and Tucker Barnhart singled, giving the Reds two runners in scoring position with no outs. Williams scored on a fielder’s choice, and the Reds had drawn to within 5-4.
That’s when things got crazy. With two outs, Hamilton reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Then Ervin reached on an infield single, tying the game. Then Gennett reached on an infield single, giving the Reds a 6-5 lead. Then Hamilton scored on a passed ball. Reds 7, Brewers 5, and that’s the way it would stay for a while.
Sal Romano's first inning ERA rises to 8.63 this season. pic.twitter.com/PpINlnkRbN
— Matt Wilkes (@_MattWilkes) August 22, 2018
I follow the Reds as closely as anyone, yet I haven't really even glanced at the MLB standings on a regular basis in five years.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) August 22, 2018
Interim Reds manager Jim Riggleman is desperately in love with the bunt. It's a lifelong affair.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) August 22, 2018
“Let’s see what Jim Riggleman will do?”
I know the Reds are on defense, but my money is still on them bunting.
— Chris Garber (@cgarber8) August 22, 2018
Here's your regular reminder that the Brewers just gave Scooter to the Reds for free. https://t.co/OAYow4Ob4V
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) August 22, 2018
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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