The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Curt Casali singled twice.
Christian Yelich only singled once.
Hoooorayyy, Curt Casali!
(Yelich also doubled, tripled, homered, and posted his second cycle against the Cincinnati Reds in calendar year 2018. Yeah, you can bet Nuxy would’ve celebrated him.)
- The Milwaukee Brewers got on the board first in the Bottom of the 3rd, and it was the predictably parties involved. New arrival Curtis Granderson began things with a 1-out walk, but it was a Christian Yelich double and a Lorenzo Cain sac-fly that got the run in against Anthony DeSclafani to leave the Cincinnati Reds behind, 1-0.
- Things escalated quickly against Disco in the Bottom of the 5th. Domingo Santana was instituted as a pinch-hitter for Brewers starter Wade Miley, and he promptly slugged a solo dinger. Granderson then followed with a single, which came right before Yelich’s third hit of the night - a 2-run donk to put the Reds in a 4-0 hole. Dang.
- Wandy Peralta took over for Disco in the Bottom of the 5th, and he was promptly greeted with doubles from both Mike Moustakas and Orlando Arcia - the latter of which scored Moose and chased Peralta from the game in favor of Jesus Reyes. Reyes, though, chunked a wild pitch to allow Arcia to move up to 3B, and that burned when a grounder off the bat of pinch-hitter Jonathan Schoop got past Suarez for an error that allowed another Milwaukee run to score. After Reyes then walked, he served up another meatball to Yelich, who completed his cycle with a 2-run triple into CF. Great. Grand. Groovy. That’s the second time Yelich has cycled the Reds just this year. Reds trailed, 8-0, which is mercifully how this contest ended.
- Anthony DeSclafani struggled again, thanks largely to another bout of longballitis. The pair of dingers against him were part of his 5 IP, 7 H outing, in which he allowed 4 ER, 2 BB, and struck out 5 on 94 pitches.
- Christian Yelich’s second cycle of the season against the Reds makes him the first player in MLB history to have multiple cycles in the same season against the same team, as Mike Vassallo of the Brewers PR team noted earlier. Gahhhhh.
- Michael Lorenzen - yes, that Michael Lorenzen - will start for the Reds on Tuesday against the Brewers, his first start since his 2015 rookie season. That’s just a minor bit of info regarding where the Cincinnati rotation currently stands in year four of the rebuild, which we detailed earlier on Monday. He’ll be up against Chase Anderson, with first pitch again set for 7:40 PM ET.