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Sonny Gray shuts down Brewers as Reds win 5-1

It was a much needed performance to help the Reds avoid the sweep.

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After a brutal couple of games to start the series, the Cincinnati Reds badly needed a win today to salvage something from the series. Sonny Gray provided exactly that, firing six shutout innings and allowing the Reds’ offense to build up a lead that they could hold on to. The Reds got on the board early via a Joey Votto sacrifice fly and never looked back. It stayed 1-0 for a while, but the Brewers never really got close to threatening.

Jonathan India continued his campaign for the National League Rookie of the Year with another 2-hit game. One of those hits came in the top of the 5th, allowing the Reds to build an insurmountable lead. After a couple of hits to start the inning by Eugenio Suarez and Tyler Naquin, Bollywood would launch a 3-1 pitch to the Reds’ bullpen in right-center, hitting a cup of coffee in the process, to give the Reds a 4-1 lead. Nick Castellanos would add to that lead in the next inning, by hitting a screaming line drive over the wall in left for a solo tank. A run in the 7th would be all Milwaukee could muster, giving the Reds the 5-1 victory.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Milwaukee had no answers for Sonny Gray today, as he shut the Brewers out over 6 innings, allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. He’s thrown 13 straight scoreless innings now and looks to be in quite the groove. Let’s hope we can get some similar performances from him over the next month.

Other Notes

  • In case you missed it earlier, Tejay Antone announced on twitter that he would undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time. That’s a huge bummer. Our own Aaron Michael had a nice write-up on the announcement earlier today, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
  • The road trip continues for the Reds, as they head down to Miami for a 3-game set this weekend. Wade Miley will start game 1 and will face off against Zach Thompson. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.
  • Tunes.