|Milwaukee Brewers (46-41)
|Cincinnati Reds (40-44)
|W: Gray (5-5) L: Chacin (3-9) S: Iglesias (15)
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Wednesday night was The Sonny Gray Show and we all watched with joy as he led the Reds to a win.
The Reds got things started in the 2nd inning when Yasiel Puig connected on a solo home run, his 19th of the season. That’s where the score remained until the 7th inning when Jose Iglesias continued to work his runners in scoring position magic and singled in Puig. To round things out it was once again Puig in on the action, as he had a sacrifice fly that plated Joey Votto to make it 3-0.
Yasiel Puig and Jose Iglesias both had two hits in the game. Both Joey Votto and Derek Dietrich went 1-3 with a walk. Sonny Gray did a little bit of everything in the game as he also had a hit.
Sonny Gray was flat out dominant on Wednesday night. The Reds starter didn’t allow a run over 8.0 innings. In the 8th inning David Bell made his way to the mound with 2 outs and a runner on, but Gray said “I’ve got this” to his manager, who put his faith in the right-hander. Bell was rewarded as Gray got the out to complete the inning. He only allowed five base runners, giving up four hits and walking just one batter. But that wasn’t the most impressive thing. What was the most impressive thing was that he racked up 12 strikeouts. That ties his career high. The 8.0 innings and the 12 strikeouts are both Reds bests this season.
Raisel Iglesias came on for the 9th inning with a 3-0 lead to try and save the game. He induced a ground ball to Eugenio Suarez for the first out of the inning. But he followed that up by hitting Ryan Braun with a pitch in the arm on a fastball that seemed to get away from him. Iglesias came back to strike out Eric Thames on five pitches. He finished the game by getting Keston Hiura to ground out to Jose Iglesias.
Notes Worth Noting
Scooter Gennett left the game with tightness in his left groin. This is not the same injury that he missed most of the first half with, which was an injury to his right groin.
The Reds are 40-44, which puts them just 4.5 games back of first place. The entire division is only separated by that same amount.
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Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers vs Cincinnati Reds
Thursday July 4th, 2:10pm
Brandon Woodruff (10-2, 3.79 ERA) vs Luis Castillo (7-3, 2.47 ERA)