Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Brewers do it again, walkoff the Reds, 3-2

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Alex Diaz gave up a game-winning walk off RBI single to Christian Yelich as the Brewers beat the Reds again......this time 3-2. Diaz, pitching for the 3rd time in 4 games, faced three batters and all reached: BB-1B-1B. The Brewers are now 9-2 vs the Reds and increase their lead in the NL Central to 1.5 games.

You are not going to win many games scoring two runs. Not gonna win many games walking 8 batters.
The Reds have now scored just 31 runs in the 11 meetings this season.

Next: Andrew Abbott vs Corbin Burnes, Tuesday, 7:10

Graham Ashcraft: 5.1 IN, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 8 K (T-career high). He was a like traffic cop at rush hour with baserunners all over the place. The Brewers jumped him for BB-SB-1B-R two batters into the first game. With runners on 1st and 3rd and one out in the 3rd, he got a big strike 'em out, throw 'em out at the plate DP. He started the 6th at 95 pitches and allowed a game-tying solo homer to rookie Sal Frelick (1st of career) on pitch 105. He was done after the walk that followed. He'd struck out 7 over his previous three starts combined. Last five outings: 1.50 ERA.

Big outs: Buck Farmer came on at 2-2 in the 6th with a Brewer on and one out. Andruw Monasterio stolen 2nd and then advancement to 3rd on a Farmer wild pitch. But Farmer got a 2-out K to escape further damage. Fernando Cruz stranded a runner on 2nd with 2 outs in the 7th. Derek Law, who threw 20 pitches Sunday, took the 8th, which I would think tells us something about the unavailability of Lucas Sims. Law walked two batters, then threw a wild pitch to put runners on 2nd/3rd with one out. But 3B Spencer Steer threw a grounder home to get a tag out at the plate for out No. 2. Bryce Turang then line a bullet to Jake Fraley in right to end the inning.

Oh my: Elly De La Cruz clobbered a two-run 456-foot homer at 113.7 mph off the bat in the 3rd to give the Reds a 2-1 lead. He was robbed of a HR to start the game when Brewers CF Joey Wiemer made a leaping catch over the wall. Per J.J. Cooper of Baseball America, Elly has the five hardest hit balls by a Reds player this season, 6 of the top 7 and 9 of the top 12.

No 100: Spencer Steer became the first Reds player to record 100 hits with a 2nd inning single. Jonathan India is next in line with 96.

No. 10: Will Benson became the 5th Red to reach double figures in stolen bases. Spencer Steer has 9. Nick Senzel led the team a year ago with 8. Five players is the most since the 1999 team had six with Reese, Cameron, Larkin,
A. Boone, Vaughn, Tucker

Hosed: Benson battled in an 11 pitch at-bat vs Colin Rea before a horrific called strike three. The home plate umpire was a joke. De La Cruz followed with the mammoth blast.

Framed: Brewers catcher William Contreras takes a similar philosophy of a physical basketball team. Team that fouls all the time eventually wears out the referee and he stops calling fouls all the time. Contreras jerks/frames every pitch....eventually umpire accepts balls as strikes.

Ouch: Joey Votto 0 for 4, 2K.......0 for last 18 and 2 for last 36...He's down to .178.

Tyler stuff: Stephenson had two infield singles. That's seven infield hits on the year. He'd entered the night 3 for 31.
He started his 44th game behind the plate, topping his 2022 total of 43.

Non-starter: Jonathan India didn't start for the second time in less than a week.

Bullpen: 3.2 IN........Farmer 0.2 IN, 0 R.....Alex Young 0.2 IN, 0 R......Cruz 0.1 IN, 0 R.....Derek Law 1.0 IN, 0 R....Alexis Diaz 0.0, R.... He has appeared in 3 of 4, 5 of last 7 games and 6 of 9.

How the Reds scored:
3rd: Elly two-run HR (6), 2-1 Reds

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