Brewers top Reds 7-3 ace Cincinnati falls to 23-42 on the season

The Milwaukee Brewers cashed in their opportunities on Saturday evening as they beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3. Graham Ashcraft had some struggles and the bullpen didn’t help him out once he left as he took his first loss on his Major League career as the Reds dropped to 23-42 on the season.

Final R H E
Milwaukee Brewers (37-30)
7 11 1
Cincinnati Reds (23-42)
3 9 1
W: Alexander (1-0) L: Ashcraft (3-1)
Statistics | Box Score | Game Thread

The Offense

Cincinnati’s offense wasn’t doing a lot early in the game, but in the bottom of the 3rd inning Aramis Garcia legged out a double on a ball down the left field line. Brandon Drury then hit a liner into left field that scored Garcia….. at least according to the third base umpire who said Tyrone Taylor trapped the ball on an attempted diving catch. Milwaukee challenged the play and won as it was a catch and was the third out of the inning, leaving the Reds scoreless and trailing 4-0.

Nick Senzel led off the 5th inning with a single and moved to 2nd base when Mike Moustakas followed with a walk. After Albert Almora Jr. grounded out to move the runners up, Aramis Garcia lined one to third but it was caught. That brought Jonathan India to the plate and he, like Garcia, hit the ball hard – a grounder with an exit velo of 104 MPH – and it took a funky hop on Willy Adames and ricocheted off of his glove, bringing Senzel in to score from third base. Brandon Drury grounded into a force out to end the threat, but Cincinnati got on the board for the first time on the day, cutting into the Brewers lead and making it a 4-1 game.

After Milwaukee scored two runs in the top of the 6th the Reds were able to get them back in the bottom of the inning. Cincinnati loaded the bases with three singles before a Mike Moustakas sacrifice fly and a Max Schrock RBI single made it a 6-3 game. That was the last time the Reds would score on the day.

The Pitching

Things didn’t start out well for Graham Ashcraft as he allowed a leadoff single to Christian Yelich and saw him advance to second on a throwing error by Tommy Pham. Ashcraft then uncorked a wild pitch that moved Yelich over to third. It probably didn’t matter much as Rowdy Tellez doubled into the gap in right-center, but standing on third Yelich could have done eight somersaults to the plate and still made it there safely. Ashcraft got the next two batters to get out of the inning.

Two innings later it was Yelich once again getting things started, leading off the inning with a single. Willy Adames followed with a 2-run homer on the next pitch to extend the Brewers lead to 3-0. Rowdy Tellez would walk and come around to score later in the inning on a Luis Urias double as Milwaukee jumped ahead 4-0.

With his pitch count mounting, Graham Ashcraft returned to the mound for the 6th inning and promptly walked Omar Narvaez and gave up a single to Tyrone Taylor before a pitching change was made. Reiver Sanmartin entered the game and gave up a 2-run double to the first batter he faced to make it a 6-1 ballgame. Sanmartin walked the next batter, too, but then retired the next three in order.

Cincinnati’s offense got the two runs back in the bottom of the frame but Luis Cessa entered for the top of the 7th and gave up a leadoff homer to Hunter Renfroe to make it a 7-3 score. That would be all that Cessa allowed before turning the game over to Ross Detwiler in the 8th. He had to work around a single and a walk, but he did just that and held the score where it was when he entered the game. Art Warren tossed a hitless 9th, but it wasn’t meant to be as the offense came up empty in the bottom of the inning to fall 7-3.

Key Moment of the Game

Jace Peterson’s double off of Reiver Sanmartin in the 6th inning that made it a 6-1 game.

Notes Worth Noting

Nick Lodolo threw 2.0 innings on his rehab start tonight for Louisville. He struck out six and walked one while giving up four hits and allowing two runs. There was no hard contact made at all.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Milwaukee Brewers vs Cincinnati Reds

Sunday June 19th, 1:40pm ET

Adrian Houser (3-7, 4.21 ERA) vs. Mike Minor (1-2, 7.36 ERA)

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