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Reds Crushed for 18 Runs in Loss to Brewers

Rowdy Tellez

Rowdy Tellez

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday’s matchup between the Reds and Brewers ended up a laugher, with the Brewers putting together an 18-4 blowout. This was the case of a hot offense exploding against one of the worst teams we have seen this century. The Reds have now lost eight straight, and 21 of 24 contests for the season as a whole. That sad feat – managing just three wins in the first 24 contests – has only been done by other two other teams since 1900. Yowza. Cincinnati has also lost 12 consecutive road games, now, something that the franchise had not done since the end of World War II.

On the happier side of this final score, Rowdy Tellez set a franchise record with eight RBI -- a grand slam and a two-run homer provided the loudest damage -- to help power Milwaukee to this impressive win. But oh those poor Reds.

Hitters with an EDGE

Rowdy Tellez – 4-for-6, 2 HR, 2B, 8 RBI

So you had a better day than the Reds pitching collective on Wednesday. You just did. The Reds pitching collective surrendered 18 runs on 17 hits. You probably did not have a better day than Tellez, though, with the first baseman cracking a grand slam in the third inning, a two-run home run in the sixth inning and two-run double in the eighth inning (which came close to going out). Mercy. Tellez has now launched four homers over his last four games. He had hit just 19 combined homers over the past three seasons but is already up to seven for the 2022 season.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, HR, 5 RBI

Arenado has been as good as any hitter in baseball this season and continued to roll on Wednesday, crushing a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run single in the seventh inning. In 86 at-bats this season, Arenado is slashing an awesome .360/.427/.698 with seven homers and 23 RBI.

Jared Walsh – 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R

Walsh almost single-handedly destroyed the Red Sox on Wednesday, with the loudest blow in this impressive performance coming in the form of a three-run homer in the 10th inning. Even more important – because you can’t get to the 10th without being tied at the end of nine – Walsh also posted a game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning. He had entered the day having gone 0-for-11 over his last three games.

Trevor Story – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Still no homers for Story, but he had a nice enough game against the Angels, posting a two-run double and an additional RBI double in the 10-inning loss. Story has whacked 20-plus long balls in five of his six major-league seasons to date, but he’ll have to get on his horse to make that mark if he is held out of the dinger column for much longer.

Andrew McCutchen – 4-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R

Serving as the DH on Wednesday, McCutchen was one of two Brewers batters to finish with four hits in an 18-4 win over the Reds (the other was the aforementioned Rowdy Tellez). The veteran had just one hit in his last 18 at-bats prior to coming through in fine style versus Cincinnati.

Pitchers with an EDGE

Lucas Giolito – 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 10 K, 2 BB

Giolito posted his first double-digit strikeout performance in four starts this season. For as gaudy as the strikeouts might be, it was actually a little bit of an underwhelming performance, with Giolito surrendering two home runs before exiting at 101 pitches with two outs in the sixth inning. Strikeouts remain cool until further notice, though.

Zack Wheeler – 7 2/3 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB

Wheeler only needed 78 pitches to pitch deep into the eighth inning. He had a couple of rocky outings early, including a seven-run-allowed stinker versus the Marlins, but Wheeler has now turned in back-to-back shutout performances (covering 13 2/3 innings).

Martin Perez – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 4 BB

Perez and Wheeler were both fantastic on Wednesday, though Perez did struggle with his control at times during the 2-1 (10 innings) win. The veteran southpaw has allowed just one run on eight hits over his last 20 innings (three starts). Perez’s lack of strikeout stuff, coupled with his career inconsistency, make him difficult to trust even when he is going well.

Corey Kluber – 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB

Kluber came in with a professional, veteran start in a 3-0 win over the A’s. The former Cy Young winner has allowed two or fewer runs in four of his five starts this season.

Frankie Montas – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB

Montas ended up on the wrong side of this no-decision, but pitched a stellar game nonetheless. This was a strong rebound showing after Montas was driven into the ground allowing five runs against the Guardians last time out.

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB

Sure, Wainwright was not coming up with the strikeout on Wednesday, but when you allow just one hit, you’re doing something right for yourself. This was the veteran right-hander’s second shutout performance of the season – he earlier opened the campaign with a shutout of the Pirates.

EDGE Priority Pickup – Eric Hosmer, 1B, Padres; Available in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues

Usually with our priority pickups, you’ll see a lot of under-the-radar names – simply because the names that are on the radar are already rostered in the vast majority of fantasy formats. So color us surprised to see Hosmer still available in a quarter of Yahoo leagues. The veteran might not be the flashiest of pickups, but he is in the midst of a strong, strong season, slashing .378/.457/.573 with three homers and 17 RBI across 82 at-bats. By Yahoo league standards, Hosmer is currently having the 19th-best fantasy season in the bigs. He will almost certainly tail off from his current numbers, but there is no excuse for him not to be owned with the way he has been hitting this spring.

Closing Time

A solo Matt Chapman homer and a go-ahead RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. set up Jordan Romano to secure the save in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the previously-rolling Yankees. Romano very nearly botched the ending when he loaded the bases with two outs only to finally escape after inducing a groundout from Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Romano is already 12-of-13 in save chances this season and could post a huge number by season’s end, assuming he can stay healthy and effective.

Daniel Bard locked in his seventh save of the campaign while striking out two in a scoreless ninth during Colorado’s 5-2 win over the Nationals.

Liam Hendriks fanned one while securing his seventh save of the season in Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Cubs. Hendriks has saved 25 or more contests in two of the last three seasons.

Joe Barlow struck out two while recording his third save in as many chances this season. He came on in the bottom of the tenth with the Rangers leading 2-0 on the scoreboard. While Barlow did allow the ghost runner to score, he was able to keep his cool to finish out the save. All three of Barlow’s saves have come over his last three appearances.

Andrew Kittredge tossed a clean ninth to secure Wednesday’s 3-0 win over the A’s. He is 5-for-5 in save chances this season.

Gregory Soto secured Detroit’s 3-2 win over the Pirates with a perfect ninth inning. He struck out two while picking up his fourth save of the season.

Ian Kennedy allowed a one-out single to Jesus Aguilar but otherwise managed a drama-free ninth in Wednesday’s 8-7 win over the Giants. The veteran reliever is now 4-of-5 in save chances as he continues to try to get his season in order after a couple of early stumbles.

David Bednar secured a two-inning save in Wednesday’s 7-2 win over the Tigers, striking out three in that space. It was a 4-2 contest before the Pirates tacked on three more runs in the top of the ninth. Bednar has now given up just one run in 13 2/3 innings this season while working to a 20/3 K/BB ratio.

Thursday’s Matchup of the Day

Shohei Ohtani (LAA) at Rich Hill (BOS)

A little bit of early Thursday action to get you over to the end of your week, we’re highlighting this one for Ohtani. Not to cast shade on Rich Hill, who remains a vet capable of grinding out wins, but Ohtani is must-see television at both mound and plate. With this one being played at Fenway, the atmosphere should be fun, to boot. Ohtani has been a little all over the map this season, but has yet to allow more than two runs in either of his last two starts after getting rocked for six runs against the Rangers in his second outing of the new campaign.

AL Quick Hits: Garrett Whitlock struck out a career-best nine batters. … Xander Bogaerts cracked his second homer of the season. … Steven Kwan hit a game-winning RBI single in the 10th vs. the Padres. … Jose Abreu is now up to three homers … Yusei Kikuchi limited the Yankees to one run over six innings. … Aaron Boone was ejected in Wednesday’s loss to the Blue Jays. … Matt Chapman hit his fifth homer of the season. … Joey Gallo returned from a minor groin injury to hit his third homer. … The O’s disintegrated Dylan Bundy to the tune of nine runs allowed. … Byron Buxton (knee) sat for a predetermined rest day on Wednesday. … Justin Verlander surrendered two runs over 6 2/3 frames vs. the Mariners.

NL Quick Hits: Max Muncy clocked a two-run homer. … Freddy Peralta won his first game of the season. … Patrick Corbin fell to 0-5 after taking the loss against the Rockies. … Carter Kieboom (forearm) has yet to begin a throwing program. … David Price (COVID-19) could join the Dodgers next weekend. … Craig Kimbrel got the day off on Wednesday after pitching in consecutive contests. … Mike Yastrzemski has been activated from the COVID-19 injured list. … Aaron Ashby will draw the start for the Brewers on Sunday. … Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. … Jonathan India (hamstring) is expected to miss about two weeks, as if the Reds needed another problem. … Nelson Cruz is working through a back injury and did not play on Wednesday. … Kris Bryant (back) has yet to resume hitting.