The Milwaukee Brewers hadn’t had a real clunker in awhile.
That streak ended Sunday at Miller Park, as starter Wily Peralta couldn’t survive the fifth inning and the Crew pitchers combined to surrender 10 singles and nine walks in a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds.
The last time Peralta faced the Reds on July 9, he threw his first career complete game and shutout in a 2-0 win, holding Cincinnati to three hits. On Sunday, the Reds had three hits before Peralta had recorded an out in the second.
And the hits just kept on coming.
The Reds did all their damage in just two innings, scoring five in the second and four in the fifth.
In the second, Cincinnati got its first two runs before Peralta could record an out. Three straight singles to left field to lead off the inning loaded the bases and Ryan Hanigan, who came into the game batting .195, kept the party going with yet another single to left to score Jay Bruce and Chris Heisey. Peralta got a gift out when Homer Bailey popped up a bunt attempt in foul territory, but Peralta walked Shin-Soo Choo to reload the bases. After Cesar Izturis lined out, Jack Hannahan came home on a passed ball to make it 3-0 and the other runners each moved up 90 feet.
Joey Votto was then intentionally walked and Brandon Phillips made the Crew pay with the fifth single to left field in the inning. Left fielder Khris Davis, perhaps winded from fielding the first four hit his way, bobbled the ball for an error, but Hanigan and Choo would have scored anyway.
That was more than enough offense for Bailey, who exacted a little bit of revenge against the Brewers, a team he has struggled against in his career.
Coming into Sunday, Bailey was 1-7 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 starts against Milwaukee and 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA in a pair of starts this year.
But Bailey (8-10) was outstanding on Sunday, allowing just three hits and Davis’ home run in the bottom of the fifth inning over eight innings. He struck out eight and walked just one. The Brewers only had two runners in scoring position all afternoon, Scooter Gennett on a two-out double in the second and Davis after an infield single and a walk to Gennett with two outs in the seventh.
What was left of the wheels fell off for the Crew in the fifth. Phillips walked to lead off the inning, went to second on a wild pitch and moved up to third on a flyout by Bruce. Heisey drove in Phillips with … wait for it … a single to left and that was it for Peralta.
Tyler Thornburg, removed from the rotation and put in the long-relief role after Alfredo Figaro and Donovan Hand were optioned to Triple-A Nashville, entered and couldn’t find the strike zone.
Thornburg walked Heisey, gave up an RBI single to Hanigan and then after Bailey successfully sacrificed the runners, Thornburg walked Choo to load the bases, issued a pass to Izturis to force in another run and, for good measure, handed out an RBI walk to Votto.
Thornburg worked 1.2 innings and allowed two runs on just one hit with five walks. He did strike out one.
Burke Badenhop pitched two scoreless innings and Michael Gonzalez worked a perfect ninth to mop it up.
Alfredo Simon surrendered a single to Logan Schafer in the ninth, but he was erased on a double play.
Davis’ home run was his sixth of the season and his fourth in his last 10 games. Cincinnati, meanwhile, did not have an extra-base hit in the game.
The Brewers open a three-game series Monday night at Miller Park against the St. Louis Cardinals. Marco Estrada (5-4) is scheduled to start for Milwaukee with Shelby Miller (11-8) slated for St. Louis. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Central Time and the game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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