Milwaukee Brewers Drop Sixth Straight
The Milwaukee Brewers dropped their sixth straight game Monday night, falling to the Cincinnati Reds 6-1. Their record drops to 2-11 overall and just 1-6 at home. They also fall to 2-8 versus NL Central opponents.
The game was scoreless through the first five innings, but it took a replay for the Brewers to keep it that way. In the top of the 2nd inning, Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta walked two batters along with getting two outs, to have runners on 1st and 2nd with the opposing pitcher, Anthony DeSclafani coming up. DeSclafani singled to center field and Gerardo Parra came up throwing. Initially ruled safe, Brayan Pena was later ruled out at home plate, as his lead foot never touched home plate on his slide.
The Reds would do all of their damage in the 6th and the 7th innings. In the 6th, Joey Votto led off with a single, followed by a walk to Todd Frazier, and another single to Jay Bruce, loading the bases. Pena hit a sacrifice fly with one out to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The next batter, Zack Cozart hit a three run homer to left pushing the lead to 4-0. The 7th inning opened with an out, followed by Billy Hamilton lining a triple into the right center field gap. Votto followed with a two run homer to left field, pushing the lead to 6-0.
In the 9th inning, with DeSclafani finally out of the game, the Brewers tacked on their only run of the game. With one out, Ryan Braun launched a home run to center field, his first home fun of the season and the 231st for his career. The home run pushed him into second place in franchise history, passing Prince Fielder, and moving him just 20 shy of the franchise record, held by Robin Yount.
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DeSclafani gave up just two hits while striking out five, and walking one, in his 8 innings of work. Burke Badenhop came in to finish up the 9th, surrendering Braun’s home run, and striking out two. Peralta gave up 6 earned runs, striking out 5, while giving up 8 hits and walking 3 batters. He managed to complete 7 innings. Will Smith pitched the 8th and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the 9th, each recording a strikeout.
Jonathan Lucroy took a foul ball off of his foot, while catching and would end up leaving the game after flying out in the 6th inning. While running to first base, he looked very uncomfortable and you could tell he was in obvious pain. It was announced after the game that Lucroy broke his big toe on his left foot, and will be added to the 15 day DL. The Brewers recall Juan Centeno from AAA to take his roster spot.
The Brewers slow start is not being helped by injuries, with Carlos Gomez on the DL, Scooter Gennett cutting himself in the shower after Sunday’s game and needing stitches, and now Lucroy getting hurt. It all has the making of a long season in Milwaukee.
Game 2 of the series is tomorrow as Mike Fiers (0-2) will face off against Jason Marquis (0-1). First pitch is at 7:10 pm.
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