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Reds blow early lead, fall to Brewers for 11th straight loss

Again. Again, again.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Adam Duvall was the lone member of the Cincinnati Reds to reach base more than once on Friday, and he added an early 3-run dinger that at one point gave hope to the idea that the team could beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

That hope faded quickly, of course, but that shouldn't take away from Duvall's solid night.  I guess.

Duvall added a single to his dinger, and while his .293 season OBP still leaves plenty to be desired, the mammoth .556 he currently sports is the things LF dreams are made of.  So, keep on bashing, Adam, and perhaps the rest of the Reds will pick up their act and join ya sooner than later.  Perhaps.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Caleb Cotham, who threw a clean inning of relief; Joey Votto, who smacked a dinger; and, yeah, that's probably good enough.

Key Plays

  • The Reds made the first pair of outs in the Top of the 1st on just two total pitches, but things then immediately got interesting.  Brandon Phillips then singled off Jonathan Villar's glove at SS (when it appeared the 3B obstructed his view a bit), and he then moved to 3B when a rocket off Jay Bruce's bat was bumbled off the glove of RF Ramon Flores at the wall.  It was scored a generous double, though that really didn't matter when Duvall then honked a hanging Zach Davies curveball way out to LF.  Reds led, 3-0.
  • Milwaukee got one of those runs back in the Bottom of the 1st, however, scoring once without the benefit of a single hit.  Villar walked to leadoff - which haunted - and Ryan Braun later took a 1-out walk of his own to put runners on 1B & 2B.  The Brewers then went for an aggressive double steal, and it was initially ruled that Villar was out at 3B on a great throw from Ramon Cabrera.  An hour of replay later, though, the umps overturned the call, ruling that Eugenio Suarez's tag came after Villar reached 3B.  That proved large immediately when Jonathan Lucroy lifted a sac fly to CF to plate the run.  Reds led, 3-1.
  • In the Bottom of the 3rd, Lucroy then hit a meatball from Lamb that still hasn't landed.  Reds led, 3-2.
  • In the Bottom of the 4th, Aaron Hill hit a Lamb meatball that blah blah you get the picture.  Doubles by Keon Broxton and Villar then drove in another Milwaukee run, and Villar then came in to score on a 2-out single to LF off the bat of Hernan Perez.  Braun then coaxed a walk that effectively ended Lamb's outing, and Josh Smith came on to promptly allow a ground-rule double to Lucroy that scored Perez.  Reds trailed, 6-3.
  • Back to back singles from Billy Hamilton and Cabrera opened the Top of the 5th, and Hamilton then scooted home from 3B on a sac fly from pinch-hitter Tyler Holt.  Of course, it was still bullpen time in the Bottom of the 5th, and true to form Dayan Diaz allowed another dinger to Aaron Hill.  Reds trailed, 7-4.
  • After Cotham's perfect 6th, J.C. Ramirez proceeded to get thumped in the Bottom of the 7th.  He walked a guy, allowed three hits, and let a pair of Brewers score on RBI singles, as the Cincinnati deficit grew to 9-5.
  • That, though, was all the scoring, and the Reds fell yet again, 9-5.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • That's eleven losses in a row.  I think.  It's hard to remember that far back.
  • Eugenio Suarez's 0-fer streak continued on Friday.  "Lost" at the plate is a term that's used pretty frequently, and it's one that describes his last two weeks quite accurately.
  • Votto's dinger was the 199th of his illustrious career.  His mom was in attendance, which begs the question if she's going to be on-hand for a few days in case number 200 comes calling.
  • Marty Brennaman decided that he'll be returning for the 2017 season with the Reds, as was announced on Friday evening.
  • Alfredo Simon (damnit) will take the hill for the Reds in tomorrow's outing, where he'll be opposed by Milwaukee's Chase Anderson.  First pitch is set for 4:10 PM ET.
  • Tunes.