The Short Version: Well, that game was ridiculous. In a back and forth affair, the Brew Crew edged out the Redlegs in a slugfest that resembled a beer league softball game.
|Final — 10 innings||R||H||E|
|Milwaukee Brewers (74-60)||13||22||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (57-76)||12||14||1|
|W: Jeffress (7-1) L: Iglesias (2-3)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Michael Lorenzen hit a three-run homer. This will never get old.
–Billy Hamilton had four hits — including a home run that went over the outfield fence! He also scored three runs and had two brilliant defensive plays. These are the nights that caused me to name Hamilton as my favorite player.
–Tucker Barnhart reached base four times — a double, a homer, two walks — with three runs scored and an RBI. Curt Casali had three hits, scored a run and drove in another. Scooter Gennett singled and doubled, scored one and drove in two. Eugenio Suarez hit his 30th homer of this magical season.
–Brandon Dixon absolutely crushed a homer off the batter’s eye in center field in the bottom of the 10th.
–Sal Romano looked awfully effective in an inning of relief, and you have to wonder whether his stuff will play better out of the bullpen.
–Jared Hughes pitched a scoreless inning.
—INTERIM MANAGER JIM RIGGLEMAN MUST STOP BUNTING
–Reds pitching gave up 13 runs and 22 hits tonight.
–Matt Harvey, who was definitely not traded, allowed five runs on 11 hits in four innings. He did strike out six without walking a batter, I guess.
–Lorenzen’s bat made it into the “Good” section above, but his arm…well, not so much. Lorenzen allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and recorded only three outs.
–David Hernandez gave up three runs on four hits in one inning.
–Hamilton was injured on a slide — spiked by the catcher, perhaps — when scoring the tying run in the bottom of the eighth. He was forced to leave the game.
–Christian Yelich, who the Reds did not acquire in the off-season despite the fact that I was screaming for that trade, had six hits and hit for the cycle tonight. For the Milwaukee Brewers. Definitely not for the Cincinnati Reds.
–Raisel Iglesias pitched a scoreless ninth, but gave up a leadoff homer in the top of the tenth to surrender the lead. Then Jackson Stephens gave up another run on two hits in his inning of work.
–Joey Votto didn’t play. Again.
–Frustrating? Sure. But that was a really fun baseball game.
–If you had told me before the season that Curt Casali would hit .323/.398/.515 as the Reds’ backup catcher, I’d have said “Who is Curt Casali?”
–Interim manager Jim Riggleman is an awful manager, and those of you who want him to get the full-time job next season…well, I love you, but you are completely insane. Not to put too fine a point on it.
–Harvey gave up two runs in the top of the first, but Billy Hamilton hit a leadoff homer in the bottom half (if you can believe it) to get one run back. The Reds tied it up in the second when Barnhart doubled and Casali drove him home.
Two innings later, Barnhart homered (his ninth of the season) to give the Reds a short-lived lead.
–By the bottom of the fifth, Milwaukee led 5-3. The inning began with a Dilson Herrera walk and a Hamilton single. One out later, Scooter doubled them home to tie the game. Then Suarez promptly hit a two-run bomb to put the Redlegs ahead 7-5.
–But the game was far from over. The Brewers scored one in the top of the sixth, then Barnhart led off the bottom half with a walk, followed by a Casali single. Then interim manager Jim Riggleman did what interim manager Jim Riggleman LOVES to do: he ordered Michael Lorenzen to bunt. Then ordered him to bunt again. Then, with an 0-2 count, Riggleman…yep, you guessed it. He squared, but the pitch was high and tight and Lorenzen dove out of the way, with the pitch fouling off his bat.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell argued that it should be strike three, since Lorenzen squared to bunt. That’s not actually the rule — Lorenzen would have had to offer at the pitch — so the umps correctly ruled that it was just a foul ball. Counsell was upset, but Lorenzen was still alive.
And he drilled a three-run homer on the very next pitch. Reds 10, Brewers 6.
–Next thing you know, the Reds were down 11-10. But in the bottom of the eighth, Cincinnati tied it up. With one out, Hamilton reached on an infield single. He moved to second when Jose Peraza was hit by a pitch and advanced to third when Gennett grounded into a fielder’s choice. Billy scored on a wild pitch, after first being called out. Replay confirmed that his hand touched the plate, and the game was tied. For a little while.
I thought it was strange that they aired the pre-game meeting with the umpire before tonight's Reds-Brewers game, but now it makes sense. https://t.co/J9esg235VJ
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) August 30, 2018
Really think Romano's fastball and slider will both play up in these shorter bullpen stints. That slider is nasty.
— Nick Carrington (@ncarrington14) August 30, 2018
Eugenio Suárez is the fourth player in Reds history to hit 30 home runs in a season while playing primarily third base: Tony Perez, Deron Johnson, Todd Frazier.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) August 30, 2018
Michael Lorenzen now has a 1.122 OPS
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) August 30, 2018
Reds managers should stop sending Lorenzen up to bunt.
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) August 30, 2018
4.6% of the pitches Michael Lorenzen has seen this season have ended up on the other side of the fence
— wesjenkins (@_wesjenks) August 30, 2018
I just don’t know what to do with Billy Hamilton. He’s a singular athlete, who quite literally plays a different game than anyone I’ve ever seen.
But he can’t hit.
— Chris Garber (@cgarber8) August 30, 2018