The Milwaukee Brewers suffered a crushing 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds tonight in the first of a three game set. It was the first time the Brewers lost when leading after eight innings (48-1).
Chase Anderson made his 100th career start as a Brewer, he became the 24th pitcher in franchise history to do so.
Anderson went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking two.
With the Brewers trailing 4-1 entering the Bottom of the eight inning, Mike Moustakas got the inning going with an opposite field single. Jesus Aguilar followed with a single to center field. Then, Keston Hiura drew a pinch-hit wall to load the bases for Tyler Saladino.
Saladino hit a grand slam to give the Crew a 5-4 lead. The homer snapped an 0-for-8 drought with runners in scoring position for the Brewers.
Saladino became one of 23 players to hit grand slams in back-to-back games. Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa are a few to have accomplished that feat.
You have to feel good for Saladino. He’s struggled since arriving with the big-league club. But he’s put the Brewers on his back the last two games. Too bad they couldn’t close this one out to make it a more memorable moment and victory.
Entering the top of the ninth, with that 5-4 lead, Jeremy Jeffress surrendered a two-run homer to Eugenio Suarez. It was Suarez’s second home run of the night.
“I liked JJ against Suarez, and (if you walk him) you’re putting the winning run on base,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell explained. “That’s generally not favorable.”
It was extremely difficult to lose in that fashion, moments after the Saladino grand slam. Especially given the fact that the Cubs went on to lose.
Jeffress has been a shell of himself this year and has not been good dating back to the playoffs last season.
The Brewers (53-49) will look to rebound against the Reds (45-53) tomorrow night. Zach Davies (8-2, 2.79 ERA) will get the start going against Tanner Roark (5-6, 3.97 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm (CT).