The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds played the first game of their 3-game series on Monday at Milwaukee’s American Family Field. These NL Central rivals played a 3-game series in Cincinnati last week, the Brewers won 2 of the 3 games in that series.
The Cincinnati Reds came into Monday’s contest with a 32-31 record and sat in third place in the NL Central. They have been on fire of late, winning 8 of their last 10 games, and would look to bring that momentum into Monday’s game. The Reds would look to Vladimir Gutierrez on the mound against the Brewers.
The Milwaukee Brewers came into Monday’s contest with a 38-27 record and were tied for first in the NL Central with the Chicago Cubs. Like the Reds, the Brewers have also looked great recently as they have won 9 of their last 10 games. Eric Lauer got the start on Monday for the Brewers.
No Time Wasted in Milwaukee
These NL Central rivals wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard on Monday in Milwaukee.
The Reds were able to load the bases in the top of the first inning. Joey Votto hit into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded to give the Reds an early 1-0 lead. Even though they were able to get base runners early on, that’s all the offense they were able to produce in the first.
The Brewers were able to answer back in their half of the first inning. With 1 out in the inning, Daniel Vogelbach blasted a 402-foot home run to deep right-center field to tie the game at 1-1.
This game was off to a hot start and neither team would look to take their foot off the gas.
In the second inning, Jonathan India hit a double to left to bring in Kyle Farmer and give the Reds a 2-1 lead. A Winker single brought in Vladimir Gutierrez to extend the lead to 3-1. Nick Castellanos hit into a fielder’s choice, but India was able to score from third and the Reds lead grew to 4-1.
The Brewers were able to answer in the bottom half of the inning. After a Jace Peterson single and Jackie Bradley Jr. ground-rule double, the Brewers were cooking. Brewers’ pitcher Eric Lauer was able to bring in Peterson with a sacrifice fly and cut the Reds lead to 4-2.
After an explosive start in the first two innings, both offenses would go quiet after Lauer’s sacrifice fly. Innings 3,4,5 and 6 were all dominated by pitching. In these middle innings only 1 hit was recorded, a single by Castellanos in the fourth.
Pitching dominated the middle innings and going into the seventh inning the Reds held a slim 4-2 lead.
Reds Put Game Away Late
Going into the late innings, the Brewers were looking to rally and the Reds were looking to add some insurance runs.
With 1 out in the top of the seventh, Tyler Stephenson drew a walk. After Stephenson’s walk, Joey Votto launched a 394-foot homer to deep right to extend the Reds lead to 6-2.
The Brewers’ offense remained quiet in the seventh. Luckily for them, the Reds went quiet in the eighth, unlucky for them they stayed quiet in the eighth.
The Reds put this game away in the ninth.
Tyler Stephenson doubled to left and then Joey Votto singled to right-center to get the Reds offense going in the final frame. Eugenio Suarez then singled to center to bring in both Stephenson and Votto and the Reds lead grew to 8-2. Then Aristides Aquino launched a 2-run home run to deep left and the Reds led was up to a commanding 10-2.
The Reds were able to sit the Brewers down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to secure the 10-2 victory.
The Wrap Up
Reds pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez had a great outing on Monday. Gutierrez pitched 6 innings, allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, walked 2, and struck out 6.
The Reds were able to hold the Brewers hitless after the second inning. The pitching from the Reds was a huge reason for their win on Monday.
Eric Lauer had a solid start for the Brewers. Lauer pitched 5 innings, allowed 5 hits, 4 runs, walked 4, and struck out 3.
With the win, the Reds improve their record to 33-31 and still sit in third place in the NL Central. They will look to bring their momentum from Monday’s win into Game 2 of this series on Tuesday. Luis Castillo will get the start against the Brewers on Tuesday.
With the loss, the Brewers fall to 38-28 and remained tied for first place in the NL Central with the Chicago Cubs. They will look to bounce back in Game 2 on Tuesday. Brett Anderson will get the start against the Brewers in Game 2 of this series.