The anatomy of another disheartening, disappointing effort by the Cincinnati Reds, a 2-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers — and when did the Brewers suddenly become The Brew Crew of Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner and Robin Yount?
Logan Schaefer: A left-handed outfielder who had no major-league home runs and was not in the starting lineup.
Tony Cingrani: A left-handed pitcher who had not given up a home run to a left-handed hitter this season with the Reds.
Is that clue enough as to what happened Tuesday night in Miller Park?
Milwaukee outfielder Norichiki Aoki was a late subtraction from the Brewers lineup, replaced by Schaefer.
So, in the fifth inning, after Cingrani walked Martin Maldonado, batting under the Mendoza line, Schaefer hit one to Powder River, a long, long rip over the center-field wall for a 2-0 Brewers lead.
That’s all Cingrani gave up — seven innings, two runs, three hits, two walks and 10 strikeouts. For his superior effort he received his first loss of the year, dropping him to 3-1.
And then there was Milwaukee pitcher Wily Peralta, owner of a 5-9 record with a 5.27 earned-run average and 0-2 for his career against the Reds.
Is that clue enough as to what happened?
Peralta pitched his first career complete game, a three-hit shutout.
Reds leadoff batter Shin-Soo Choo began the game with a single and the Reds didn’t have another hit until Jack Hannahan singled to lead off the eighth. And Hannahan was erased as part of an inning-ending double play hit into by Ryan Hanigan.
To add to the Reds’ misery, their one hot hitter, Chris Heisey, was hit on the left elbow in the second inning and left the game.
Bad baserunning helped the Reds put another ‘L’ in their column. Brandon Phillips walked with one out in the fifth and was caught leaning toward second base and Peralta picked him off.
Derrick Robinson, Heisey’s replacement, shot one into the left-field corner with two outs in the seventh. When the ball ricocheted around the base of the wall the fleet Robinson tried to circle the bases, tried for an inside-the-park home run.
It was close at home, but a laser throw from shortstop and relay man Jean Segura nipped Robinson as he tried to slide across head first.
Just to make it interesting, Peralta walked Joey Votto with two outs in the ninth, bringing up the potential tying run in Phillips.
Votto took second on a wild pitch and then the game ended. This time it wasn’t Carlos Gomez jumping above the outfield fence to rob Votto of a home run. It was a weak ground ball to shortstop and the Reds tucked their heads and moseyed on up to the clubhouse.