When a 160 pound light weight opens the first inning with a home run, you know the ball is flying out of Great American Ball Park and it is time to hold onto your hat.
The Reds outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers to win 8-6. Milwaukee won 3-of-4 from the Reds in April at GABP and swept the Reds in three games in Milwaukee later in the month.
Through five innings the Reds hit four home runs off Brewers’ starter Junior Guerra, including two in the first inning. The Brewers played long ball with Reds’ starter Tim Adleman, hitting three off him.
“We hit 15,16 balls right on the screws," Bryan Price said.. "We had the home runs but we had a lot of good at bats..”
Hamilton’s second home run of the season leaked into the first row of the right field bleachers on a line. Adam Duvall followed a walk to Scooter Gennett with his 17th home run. Duvall’s didn’t leak out. It screamed out landing past the first landing in the upper deck of the leftfield stands.
Devin Mesoraco’s single gave the Reds a 4-0 lead.
The Brewers didn’t wait long to answer.
Manny Pina hit his fifth home run off Adleman in a strange and contrary inning. Adleman struck out Domingo Santana. Pina homered. Keon Broxton struck out and number eight hitter, Orlando Arcia hit his sixth home run before Adleman struck out Guerra to end the inning.
Eric Sogard took a pitch off his shoulder and Ryan Braun, freshly off the disabled list, hit a ground rule double. Travis Shaw, the son of former Reds’ bullpen ace Jeff Shaw, put the Brewers on top with his 16th home run.
Eugenio Suarez promptly tied the game with his 12th home run in the bottom of the third. Suarez had a hot first month but his average has settled at .265 but has a .355 on-base-percentage.
“It was great to see Eugenio driving the ball to rightcenter. His walks are showing how far his plate discipline has come. He gets on base in the middle of the lineup and it gives other guys the opportunity to drive in runs.”
Suarez has developed plate discipline that has gotten him through his struggles.
“My mechanics have been good," Suarez said. "There was nothing wrong with my swing. It was more mental. When you’re not getting hits you think too much. I have been trying to get a good pitch in the strike zone to hit. I tell myself if it isn’t in the strike zone, don’t swing at it.”
Gennett singled to open the fifth frame. Joey Votto’s 21st home run put the Reds back in front. The Reds loaded the bases with no outs. Mesoraco hit a sacrifice fly the give the Reds a three-run cushion.
Guerra ended his streak of quality starts at three, leaving with the bases loaded. He allowed eight runs, a season high.
Adlemann allowed five runs in five innings but exited the game with a chance to win his fifth game. He allowed the most runs since Colorado scored six off him in 4 2/3 innings on May 20.
“Adleman didn’t have his best game but he battled. He would have gone back out there if we didn’t get to that spot in the order. We wanted to add some more runs there," Price said.
Drew Storen relieved for one inning. He allowed a dribbler by Broxton for a hit. Broxton stole second base and Arcia drove Broxton in with a single.
Michael Lorenzen pitched out of a bases loaded high leverage situation in the eighth, getting pinch hitter Stephen Vogt to fly out to shallow right.
Raisell Iglesias entered in the ninth, facing the top of the order. Iglesias retired the Brewers in order for his 13th save, aided by a running catch at the rightfield wall by Scott Schebler.
“Schebler’s catch saved us from facing Shaw as the tying run. He’s having a tremendous year,” Price said.