Brewers bludgeon Reds 18-4 as Cincinnati falls to 3-21

The Cincinnati Reds used a position player to pitch in the game and that should tell you just how badly things went, but if it doesn’t how about this – Two touchdowns from Joe Burrow would have only tied the game up. The Brewers were unrelenting as they put up 18 runs in a victory that sent Cincinnati to a league worst 3-21 start on Wednesday night.

Final R H AND
Cincinnati Reds (3-21)
4 7 two
Milwaukee Brewers (17-8) 18 17 0
W: Peralta (1-1) L: Gutierrez (0-5)
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The Offense

Cincinnati got out to an early lead in the 1st. Brandon Drury singled and moved up to second base when Tommy Pham walked. Mike Moustakas followed with a single to make it 1-0 and Colin Moran came through with a sacrifice fly as the Reds got out to a 2-0 lead.

TJ Friedl would hit a 1-out triple in the top of the 5th and score on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Drury to cut into the Milwaukee lead and make it 6-3. Cincinnati would threaten in the top of the 6th after Mike Moustakas singled and Colin Moran walked to put two on with no outs, but a pitching change brought in Trevor Gott and he got out of the inning for the Brewers unscathed as they held their 7- 3 leads.

In the top of the 9th, trailing 18-3, Alejo Lopez singled to lead off the inning and he scored on a Matt Reynolds double to make it 18-4. That’s where the game ended. Mercilessly.

The Pitching

After being given a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st, Vladimir Gutierrez gave up a leadoff homer to Kolten Wong and then another run when Andrew McCutchen singled in Christian Yelich to tie the game up. That is where the game remained until the 3rd inning, and that’s where things fell apart. Gutierrez hit Willy Adames to lead off the inning and then walked Yelich on four pitches. Andrew McCutchen singled to load the bases to bring up Rowdy Tellez and two pitches and 453 feet later it was a grand slam and Milwaukee led 6-2.

Gutierrez remained in the game until he gave up a single with one out in the 5th and was replaced by Dauri Moreta. He would walk the first batter and then give up a single to load the bases. Victor Caratini then hit a sacrifice fly that made it 7-3. The next inning Moreta got the first two outs before walking Andrew McCutchen and then giving up a 2-run homer to Rowdy Tellez – his second of the game, making it a 9-3 ballgame.

Buck Farmer took over with two outs in the 6th, and returned for the 7th inning. I have allowed the first three batters to reach before getting two outs and getting close to getting out of the jam. But Christian Yelich singled in two runs and then Hunter Strickland took over and immediately allowed a 2-run double to Andrew McCutchen to make it a 13-3 game.

Lucas Sims began the 8th inning and it was just more of the same. A walk, single, and a walk loaded the bases. A ground out made it 14-4, and a strikeout followed to record the second out of the inning. But then back-to-back walks made it 15-4 before the Reds went to position player Matt Reynolds to pitch. He gave up an RBI single to McCutchen and then Rowdy Tellez missed his third homer of the year by a matter of feet as he doubled in two more runs off the wall to make it an 18-3 game. That would be all the Brewers would get, but it was more than they would ever need.

Key Moment of the Game

With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 3rd inning Rowdy Tellez hit a ball a nautical mile off of the wall beyond the center field fence for a grand slam, breaking what was a 2-2 tie and giving the Brewers a 6 -2 leads.

Notes Worth Noting

Everything was bad. All of it.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers

Thursday May 5th, 1:40pm ET

Hunter Greene (1-3, 6.00 ERA) vs. Adrian Houser (2-2, 2.53 ERA)

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