Brewers 1 Reds 0
Round 3 to the Brewers. Series to the Brewers. Wade Miley and Jesse Winker were the Sunday culprits.
The Reds managed just four hits. 10 different plays struck out for a team total of 14 times. They were shutout for the first time since June 8.
The Brewers take 2 of 3 in the series and snap the Reds streak of having won seven consecutive road series. The Brewers are now 5-2 vs the Reds this season. The two teams will hook up three times next weekend at GABP to kickoff the second half of the season and 6 times in the first 13 games after the break. The Brewers have won 18 of 26 meetings dating back to last season.
Ben Lively: 5.2 IN, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 75 pitches/52 strikes. He was activated from the IL prior to the game and was really good. His lone run scored when Christian Yelich doubled to left after Spencer Steer got badly turned in left field and the .199 hitting Jesse Winker singled him in with two outs in the 1st inning.
Wade Miley: 6 IN, 4 H, 0 R, 8 K to tie a season high. The Reds stung three balls in the 1st, including a Kevin Newman double to start the game. After Matt McLain doubled to start the 4th, Miley struck out the side with India striking out on a 93 mph fastball in his eyes and Elly De La Cruz and Spencer Steer swinging and missing five straight pitches at 93 or slower by Miley. He walked three in the 5th, but worked around it with a Nick Senzel rocket DP grounder. He put two on in the 6th but again shut down the threat.
RISP: Reds were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
Big time DP's: McLain started and turned a gotta-have-it double play with two on and one out in the 7th at 1-0. Jonathan India started a tag the runner and flip to 1st double play to thwart a bases loaded, one out situation in the 8th.
Power cord pulled: The Reds franchise record of homering in 22 consecutive games came to an end.
Cold bat: Spencer Steer went hitless in the series (0 for 10) and is just 1 for 20 since his 4-for-4 days vs Washington.
Mirror image: I swear, if you put a shadow on the Matt McLain swing for a double, it would be carbon copy of Paul Molitor. Uncanny. Short, quick, explosive.
Glove love: McLain is so smooth and fluid in how he moves and throws. After 6 errors in 24 starts at SS for Louisville this year, he has just one in 38 starts at SS for the Reds. I seem to remember that as a DP feed off the mark vs MIL early June.