After the offense disappeared against the lowly Pirates, Justin Smoak led a roaring attack on the Reds. Trevor Bauer, who had allowed just two runs all season, gave up four runs in six innings to the Brewers. Brett Anderson followed up his previous strong start with his second quality start in a row. Anderson allowed just two runs in six innings, lowering his season ERA to 3.52. He improves to 2-2 on the season.
A startling trend all season has been that the Brewers are almost constantly playing from behind. This was not the case tonight, as they struck Bauer early in the first inning for their first run of the game. Justin Smoak singled home Christian Yelich who had doubled earlier in the inning.
In the third inning, the Smoak Show was at it again. This time, Smoak tagged Bauer for a deep home run to right field. Going into tonight’s game, Smoak was hitting .333 for his career against Bauer. Two batters later, Omar Narvaez hit his first Brewers home run to make the score 4-0.
Reds catcher Curt Casali got the Reds on the fourth with a solo home run. In the sixth, Brewers-killer Eugenio Suarez also hit a solo home run to make the score 4-2. That would be the limit of the damage against Anderson. In the game’s first three innings, Anderson was able to avoid trouble and a higher pitch count by inducing three double-play balls.
Devin Williams pitch a scoreless seventh, earning his fourth hold. The changeup specialist struck out the side. David Phelps pitched the eighth, striking out two, and also earned his fourth hold. Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth, only allowing a lead-off walk to Joey Votto. Hader earned his sixth save and has yet to allow a run all season.
The Brewers will send Brandon Woodruff to the mound tomorrow against the Reds’ Luis Castillo. The game will start at 7:10 at Miller Park.