Despite a quality start from Homer Bailey, the Cincinnati Reds (55-70) fell to the Milwaukee Brewers (70-57) on Monday night, 3 to 2.
Bailey (1-11) managed to pitch six innings, allowing all three Brewer runs on eight hits, while striking out five. Milwaukee hit a pair of home runs off him, so it wasn’t a stellar start, by any means, but it should have been good enough for a win.
The Reds received a pair of homers in the second inning. Eugenio Suarez led the inning off with his 28th of the year followed by Phil Ervin’s fourth, one out later. That was all the Redlegs could muster, though, against the Brew Crew’s Chase Anderson (8-7) as he allowed no more hits after that. The Brewers bullpen came alive in the seventh and pitched three shutout innings, allowing just two base runners. Milwaukee has their bullpen to thank for where they are in the standings, thus far into the season.
Looking at the rest of the series
As I failed to get a preview up on Monday (sorry, buying a car takes up a few hours of the day), I’ll take a look at Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games.
With Monday’s loss, the Reds still lead the all-time series with the Brewers at 177-167. This year, however, the edge is to Milwaukee as Cincinnati is 3-8 against them in 2018, thus far.
Sal Romano (7-10, 5.31 ERA) will look to forget his last start as he takes on Junior Guerra (6-8, 3.73 ERA).
Romano did not get out of the second inning in his last start as the Indians touched him up for six runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. In his post-game interview, Sal stated “There’s not take away from this game, I just pitched bad.” Hopefully Tuesday night in Miller Park he will get things back on track.
An opposing pitcher who can attest the nickname “Rollercoaster Reds,” Guerra has seen the Reds at their worst (in April) and at their best (in June) already this season. He tossed 5.2 shutout innings in April, but allowed four runs, including two homers. Despite the Jekyll and Hyde nature of those two appearances, Guerra got the win both times, giving him a 2-1 career record against the Reds.
The finale sees Robert Stephenson (0-1, 7.94 ERA) get another try, this time against Freddy Peralta (5-4, 4.48 ERA).
It ain’t worth much, but for what it’s worth, I cannot believe Stephenson is starting this game and not Cody Reed. Granted, you don’t want to constantly change a pitcher’s role, and Reed has made some relief appearances in the last few days, but why not give him a shot? He relieved Stephenson in that debacle against the Indians, last Monday, and pitched pretty decently. At any rate, BobSteve has another shot, we’ll see what he can do with it.
Peralta has had a nice rookie campaign, striking out 79 hitters in 62.1 innings pitched. His downfall, like a lot of young guns, these days, is his control as he averages 5.2 walks per nine innings pitched. He caught the Reds on July first, getting the loss in a game he pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks. He did strike out five in that game, so just as billed. Get ready for a lot of pitches on Wednesday afternoon.
The Reds have eight games (including Tuesday and Wednesday) left against the Brewers this year. They’ll have to win seven of them if they want to avoid a third year in a row of losing to the Brewers.
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