Barreiro’s first two big league hits give the Reds a 7-5 lead over the Brewers

Barreiro’s first two big league hits give the Reds a 7-5 lead over the Brewers

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Jose Barreiro’s first two major league homers were among four hit by the Cincinnati Reds in a 7-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field in Milwaukee.

last one R H E
Cincinnati Reds (43-63) 7 8 0
Milwaukee Brewers (58-49)
5 9 1
W: B. Farmer (1-1) L: Ashby (2-10)
Statistics | Box point | Game thread

Barreiro hit homers in his next two at-bats after going hitless in his first seven plate appearances since returning from Louisville. He was among four homers for the winning visitors.

Milwaukee has dropped the fifth of its last six games and combined with the Cardinals’ 1-0 victory over the Yankees, the Brewers are within a game of NL Central first-place St. Louis. Cincinnati’s win moved the Reds into a third-place tie with Chicago, 15 1/2 games behind St. Louis.

The loss

In the bottom of the second, Cincinnati was held scoreless when Aristides Aquino drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on Aaron Ashby’s balk. Albert Almora singled to left for a 1-0 lead, followed by two batters and an RBI double from Jonathan India.

Then, in the fourth, Barrero crushed his first home run in the big leagues, breaking his streak since returning to the big leagues.

Milwaukee cut the lead from 4-0 to 4-3 with a three-pointer in the fifth. But Barreiro put a dent in that Brewer’s momentum with another hot shot that cleared the wall to make it 5-3.

Joey Votto extended Cincinnati’s lead to 6-3 in the top of the seventh with an opposite-field home run. Donovan Solano ended the Reds’ scoring with a ninth-inning solo blast off Brewers grad Brent Suter. Solano and Barrero both had two hits to lead the offense.

Pitting

Starting pitcher Nick Lodolo wasn’t sharp, and went 4 2/3 innings before reaching the 100-pitch mark. He allowed four hits (including two homers) and four walks while striking out three batters. Lodolo loaded the bases, and Buck Farmer got a big out of the fifth, getting Hunter Renfro back on the mound. This score preserves the Reds’ lead at 4-3. As Lodolo did not complete the required five full innings, the Farmers were awarded the victory.

In the sixth, Farmer allowed a double and a walk, and manager David Bell came in to bring him in with two out. Lefty River Sanmartin came in, hitting Christian Yelic with a left hand. Yelich hit a fly ball to right that looked like it was going to backfire, but right fielder Aquino made a play that jammed the home team.

It was Aquino’s seventh shutout of the season, and he is proving to be a truly outstanding defender. Aquino’s game ends in the sixth and the score is 5-3 Red.

Joel Kuhnell pitched a one-two-three seventh, followed by Alexis Diaz’s scoreless eighth. Hunter Strickland allowed two hits and two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but a four-run lead going into that frame didn’t change the outcome.

Milwaukee’s two ninth-inning runs have made it 11 straight games this year with at least five hits against Reds pitching. Cincinnati is 3-8 in those games.

News and notes

Nine of Cincinnati’s top 30 players (according to MLB Pipeline) will be eligible to be selected in this fall’s Rule 5 draft (according to Fangraphs) if they haven’t already been placed on the major-league 40-man roster:

Importers:

  • Noelvy Mars
  • Eli Cruz
  • Spencer Steer
  • Evan Johnson

Hackers:

  • Brandon Williamson
  • Levi Stout
  • Leon Richardson

Also, outfielder Michael Ciani and forward Daniel Velogen.

Next up for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, August 7, 2:10 pm ET

Graham Ashcraft (5-2, 4.12 ERA) vs. Corbin Burns (8-5, 2.49 ERA)



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