BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/Cincinnati Enquirer
The Reds lost to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night 13-12 in 10 innings in the second game of the three game series after the Reds won the first game of the series on Tuesday night.
While the Reds took the lead in the first inning on Tuesday, it was the Brewers that jumped out to an early lead in the first this time as second baseman Travis Shaw hit an RBI double and third baseman Mike Moustakas hit an RBI groundout to give them a 2-0 advantage. However, in the bottom of the inning the Reds cut the lead in half as center fielder Billy Hamilton added a solo home run. The Reds then tied the game in the second as first baseman Curt Casali hit an RBI single and took the lead in the fourth on a solo homer by catcher Tucker Barnhart. However, the Brewers responded in the fifth as right fielder Christian Yelich added a two run homer and Moustakas hit an RBI single to give the Brewers a 5-3 advantage. However, the back and forth game continued in the bottom of the inning as second baseman Scooter Gennett hit a two RBI double and third baseman Eugenio Suarez hit a two run home run to make it a 7-5 lead for the Reds.
The Brewers responded as Shaw got an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth, but relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen added to the Reds advantage in the bottom of the inning with a three run shot to make it 10-6. But the Brewers again refused to give in with a big seventh inning that saw shortstop Jonathan Schoop cut the lead in half with a two run shot, followed by an RBI double by center fielder Lorenzo Cain and an RBI triple by Yelich to tie the game once again. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth with a Moustakas solo homer, but the Reds tied the game again in the bottom of the inning as Hamilton scored on a wild pitch, eventually sending the game into extra innings.
In the tenth, the Brewers jumped out to the lead once again with a solo shot by first baseman Jesus Aguilar and an RBI single by catcher Erik Kratz. The Reds would get a run in the bottom of the inning as left fielder Brandon Dixon hit a solo homer, but the team would be unable to complete the comeback as the Brewers grabbed the 13-12 win.
Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta went four and a third innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and a walk in the no decision, while Reds starter Matt Harvey went four innings, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits but no walks as he got a no decision as well. Brewers reliever Joakim Soria and Reds reliever David Hernandez each were hit with a blown save. Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias was hit with the loss, while Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress earned the win, pitching the final two innings.
The teams will finish up the series on Thursday afternoon.