Brewers 5 Reds 4
The Reds led 1-0. The Brewers scored the next five runs. The Reds rallied with three runs in the 8th inning. Trailing 5-4, they put the leadoff batter on in the 9th when Matt Reynolds drew a walk from Brewers closer Josh Hader. But Hader recovered and slammed the door for a 5-4 Milwaukee win Tuesday night in front of 10,445 at GABP. The two teams will play the rubber-game of the series Wednesday afternoon at 12:35. The Reds fall to 6-24 on the season.
Hunter Greene: Heck of an outing. 5.1 IN, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K, HR. Season high 100 pitches/60 strikes. It was an excellent answer to last week vs same team; 2.2 IN, 9 H, 8 R, 5 HR. He pushed through multiple confidence building/learning moments. His slider was nice. He pounded the inner portion of the plate. He walked three batters in a 26 pitching tightrope 1st inning, but got a big strikeout to escape without damage. He didn't allow a hit until a leadoff homer by Luis Urias in the 4th inning to make it 1-1. Greene's ML high 11th HR allowed. He put runners on the corners in that 4th inning, including a Lorenzo Cain liner off his foot, but he battled Wong for a strikeout to end the threat....he was pumped as he walked to the dugout. He left with 1 out, 1 on in 1-1 game in 6th. That runner scored when Tony Santillan served up a double to the first batter he faced and the Brewers led 2-1. Greene threw 48 sliders (9 misses on 24 swings), 47 fastballs (2 misses on 19 swings), 5 changeups. Fastball averaged 98.4 mph, topping out at 100.5.
Rally time: One night after a season high 14 hits and 10 runs, the Reds offense was held in check until late. Tyler Stephenson and Mike Moustakas had two hit nights. Trailing 5-1 in the 8th, the Reds parlayed three walks and two hits into three runs. Devin Williams walked Brandon Drury and Tommy Pham and Mike Moustakas singled. Stephenson struck out looking on a killer changeup. But Colin Moran coaxed a walk to force in a run and it was 5-2. Tyler Naquin, representing the go-ahead run, battled back from an 0-2 count to rip a double on pitch No. 6 to plate two runs and it was 5-4. Right fielder Tyrone Taylor made a heck of a play to keep the tying run at 3rd base. Urias then robbed Kyle Farmer with a diving catch on a soft liner up the middle to end the inning.
Missed chance(s): The Reds couldn't get Farmer in after his team leading 8th double with one out in the 5th after Matt Reynolds struck out and TJ Friedl flew out. The Reds mounted a 6th inning threat when Moustakas walked and Stephenson singled with two outs. But Brent Suter replaced starter Freddy Peralta and struck out Moran.
Penwork: Santillan 0.0 IN, H-R-BB-HBP, .....allowed Greene's inherited runner and his own runner scored (6.97) in the 6th as the Brewers took a 3-1 lead. Lucas Sims came on to record the final two outs, including a sweet inning ending diving stop/throw by Farmer. Hunter Strickland allowed two runs on four hits when things got away from the Reds in the 8th, 5-1.
Double-double: The Reds scored first when Moustakas and Stephenson hit back-to-back doubles to make it 1-0 Reds in the 2nd inning.
Target practice: Freddy Peralta hit Friedl and Drury back-to-back in the 3rd inning. But the Reds failed to score when Drury was thrown out stealing and Tommy Pham struck out.
Rehab project: Mike Minor made a rehab start at Louisville.... 3 IN 0 H 0 R 4 K 0 BB 31 pitches/23 strikes.
Down on the Farm: Aristides Aquino homered for the 2nd time since his returned to Triple-A.
1st inning. He walked the first two batters of the game. Retired next two batters. Then another walk. But he grouped and got a K to escape without damage. Did throw 26 pitches.