Brewers sweep Cincy

N.L. Central gap shrinks again

Bill Michaels
September 26, 2019 - 3:18 pm

CINCINNATI – The Brewers refuse to lose.

With a 5-3 spot hung on the Reds, Thursday, the Crew won their seventh straight game, 18 of their last 20 and 20 of their last 24.

The Reds held the early advantage, homering in the first inning for an early tally. The Brewers responded in the fourth frame, scoring four runs, to take the lead – ultimately good.

Following a Travis Shaw walk to load the bases, Orlando Arcia hammered a 1-1 pitch off the glove of Reds left fielder Josh VanMeter. Yasmani Grandal, Cory Spangenberg and Shaw scored on what was ruled a double to Arcia. Ben Gamel doubled Arcia home on the next pitch – a line shot into the left field corner.

Manny Pina scored Grandal on an RBI double in the fifth; Keston Hiura was gunned down at the plate in an attempt to score from first on the same play.

The Reds pushed their second and third runs across in the sixth and eighth, respectively, before Josh Hader shut the door. Though, No. 71 worked himself into a jam before getting out of the eighth. After intentionally walking Eugenio Suarez to set up a double-play opportunity, he plunked Christian Colon to load the bases before getting Jose Peraza to fly out to right.

The Brewers closed the N.L. Central game to one game back of the Cardinals with the win. The Brewers are on to Colorado where they’ll face the Rockies for the first of three on Friday. The Cardinals are set to host the Cubs for three over the weekend.

Brewers Box in Brief

W: Chase Anderson (8-4), S: Josh Hader (37)

RBI: Orlando Arcia (3), Ben Gamel (1), Manny Pina (1)