|Cincinnati Reds (47-42)
|Milwaukee Brewers (53-38)
|W : Ositch (2-0) L : Hader (3-1) SV: Hembree (6)
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The Cincinnati Reds haven’t been touched in five innings. No big deal for the Reds because the match was scheduled over nine innings. Jonathan India was hit with a pitch to start the inning. Jesse Winker put a ball in the hole where in a traditional defense the shortstop can probably play, but it’s 2021 and no one was there and it became a simple easy to put two runners on for Nick. Castellanos. He worked a full count before unloading on a 3-point homerun to give Cincinnati a two-lead.
Unfortunately, the Reds’ box struck again and the Brewers tied the game at the end of the 8th inning. That brought Cincinnati’s 6-7-8 home to plate against Josh Hader and his 0.78 ERA. The odds were not in favor of the Reds in this situation.
But hey, that’s what they play the game for, isn’t it? RIGHT.
– Cincinnati reds (@reds) July 11, 2021
Upper bridge. Opposite field. The Reds lead 4-3 on a 418-foot strike from Eugenio Suárez.
Vladimir Gutierrez had made two starts against the Brewers earlier this year and pitched well in both games, picking up the victory. Things had not started off well for Gutierrez and the Reds. Milwaukee didn’t hit the ball strong at all, but they were picking up hits. They took a 1-0 lead over a pop-up that landed on the infield. But from there it was going to change for the Reds starter.
This is until the 6th round. Christian Yelich started with a single, but was knocked out on first base after getting around the sack – or at least according to the referee.
Christian Yelich goes on John Libka, that’s all of Wisconsin in this series. Called after being hit after a wild throw at first. Apparently Libka thinks Yelich tried to move up to second. Never seen this before. pic.twitter.com/DS84g9Sgal
-George Balekji (@GeorgeBalekji) July 11, 2021
A 2 walk was followed by a brace by Avisail Garcia, but Omar Narvaez – who had just been named to the All-Star team – was sent off at home to end the set. It would turn out to be a very critical piece.
With a tough 6th round, but a 3-1 lead, the Reds went to the enclosure. Amir Garrett got the job done by striking out all three hitters in the 7th inning. But then the game was handed over to Brad Brach and after a pop up to start the round the wheels fell off. He walked Luis Urias and then yielded an equalizer home run to Tyrone Taylor. Willy Adames flew away, but Omar Narvaez doubled up and an intentional march followed before Josh Osich came in to face Jace Peterson to set up a left-handed game with two strikeouts. That move paid off with a strikeout, but the damage had been done and the game was tied before the 9th inning.
Eugenio Suárez to the rescue, at least for now, as his oppo-taco gave the Reds a 4-3 lead at the top of the 9th. This gave Cincinnati and Heath Hembree a shot at a win with three strikeouts. Keston Hiura had a full count but was struck out when Tucker Barnhart caught a foul. Jackie Bradley Jr. then beat Jonathan India for the second out. Pinch hitter Pablo Reyes came in to strike for Josh Hader and after falling 1-2 behind he worked a walk to put the tie run on the bases. It also turned the Brewers lineup upside down and brought Luis Urias to the plate. Hembree flew it off to Jesse Winker to end the game and the Reds at least guaranteed a split from the series.
Notes to note
The Cincinnati Reds are now 5.0 games behind Milwaukee in the division.
Josh Hader had only allowed one home run all season until tonight.
32,034 fans were at the game tonight. About 32,000 of them left disappointed.
The next step for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds contre Milwaukee Brewers
Sunday, July 11, 2:10 p.m. ET
Luis Castillo (3-10, 4.81 ERA) v Brandon Woodruff (7-4, 2.10 ERA)