Though the Brewers struck first with a run in the top of the third inning yesterday, the Reds answered with two in the bottom of the inning, and that’s all it would take to wrap up the sweep of Milwaukee.
Johnny Cueto got his 12th win of the season by putting in 7.0 innings of 1-run work. He did see a lot of runners on base, giving up 8 hits and an intentional walk, but they were conveniently distributed among his 9 strikeouts to keep the men from the crossing the plate.
Logan Ondrusek worked the eighth inning and didn’t allow a run despite adding 2 more hits to the Astros’ total. Aroldis Chapman closed it out. He didn’t give the Astros any more hits, but he did contribute a couple more strikeouts to give all the fans at GABP pizza and ice cream.
Brandon Phillips continued to tear it up, going 2-for-3 with a sac fly that brought in a run in the third. Wilson Valdez also had a multi-hit night, going 2-for-4 with the other RBI in the third. It wasn’t exactly a show (there wasn’t a single home run by either team, which is the first time there has been a homer-less game in GABP in 74 straight games), but it was still a win.
The win brings the Reds’ record to 55-40. That’s a season-high 15 games over .500, and a good thing, too, with the Pirates still only half a game back. The Reds travel to Houston tonight to take on the Astros at 8:05 p.m. Mat Latos (RHP, 7-3, 4.33 ERA) faces off against Wandy Rodriguez (LHP, 7-8, 3.75 ERA).