The Brewers got the better of the Reds in a well-played victory from behind on Saturday.
This season, the Brewer loyalists have been frustrated with a stellar pitching performance that ends in losses after limited offensive production. Today, Brett Anderson and Brent Suter performed at their standard baselines and the offense backed them up just enough for a win.
Anderson appeared to give up the ghost when he allowed two homers in the third, but caused enough contact outs to keep the Reds to just those two runs in five innings. He finished the day with three strikeouts, no walks and allowed just two hits on top of the two homers.
Luis Urías has tempered some of the more reductive and pessimistic accounts surrounding his demotion to utility player after the crew traded for shortstop Willy Adames. With Kolten Wong sidelined after a shot, Urías replaced Wong in second place. Urías, despite his recent case of yips, has lined up the post well. He also gave the Brewers the first strike with a solo left field shot in the third inning.
The Brewers are said to be rather calm on the offensive end until the sixth. Adames, who was the center of attention as the return of a notable trade, hit a really long single early in the fourth. It probably would have been an extra kick for Adames, but Daniel Vogelbach’s not-so-light fleet held on to second after hitting just one of his own. Adames went 1-3 with a daytime walk.
Things really started for the Crew at bat in the sixth round Omar Narváez started off with a brace. Avisaíl García walked to place the riders in the first and second row without an out. Vogelbach and Travis Shaw stole out and put out, respectively, which brought Willy Adames to plate with two strikeouts. Adames walked four lengths and Jackie Bradley Jr. walked to the plateau with the bases loaded. JBJ smoked a liner towards first base and on Alex Blandino’s glove. The deflection allowed JBJ to reach, Narváez to score easily and García to barely score.
Brent Suter worked with his iconic pace and placement in mid-round relief, but gave Nick Castellanos and Tyler Stephenson a brace and a single, respectively, which saw the Reds equalize 3-3 in the sixth. .
The seventh inning produced an unlikely home run for Daniel Robertson. Today’s competition was Robertson’s first appearance after a lengthy stay in IL and concussion beanball rehabilitation on April 25. rehab stay with Triple-A Nashville. Robertson hit the first pitch he saw on his return, an 83 mph slider from Heath Hembree.
Devin Williams and Josh Harder were on to keep the lead. For the first time in his last appearances, Devin Williams looked like ROY Devin Williams of 2020. He put considerable movement back and forth on his airbender to allow him to hit the side in eighth.
Christian Yelich got a nip at batting in the ninth, but otherwise sat down today. He hit on a penalty to lead a 1-2-3 inning for the crew.
Hader worked with mixed cursors and top ’90s fastballs to hit the side and keep the lead and secure the win in the ninth.