Fans who attended the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers game Friday night saw one heck of a pitchers duel. Both pitchers, Wily Peralta and Mike Leake, went eight innings. Peralta gave up just three hits while striking out seven and Leake allowed two earned run and struck out five. The Brewers went on to win 2-0.
"It was a very, very well-pitched game," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Peralta just didn't give us anything to get excited about offensively. We didn't have multiple innings with multiple runners. He just kept us at bay."
In the wake of Leake's performance, the Reds offense mustered just three hits. One each from Chris Heisey, Joey Votto, and Todd Frazier. It was the fourth time this season that Cincinnati has been shutout.
The Brewers scored both of there runs in the fifth inning. Lyle Overbay led off the inning with a single to left. Khris Davis struck out and was followed by a four-pitch walk to Caleb Gindl. Jean Segura grounded into a force out putting runners on the corners with two outs. Peralta stepped into the box and gave himself a lead with a two-run double.
"It was probably not the best pitch, the first pitch to him," said Leake. "Just because you know pitchers like to hack. I still threw pretty good and had great defense behind me."
The Reds, who defeated the Brewers on Thursday, will try and take control of the four game series Saturday evening as Johnny Cueto takes the mound for Cincinnati. He is 2-2 this season with a staggering 1.15 ERA. He has allowed a total of just nine hits as well as just one earned run in his last three starts combined. The game is set to begin at 7:10 ET.
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