The Cincinnati Reds got a go-ahead home run from Henry Ramos in the top of the 9th inning, but the Milwaukee Brewers came back in their half of the inning as they scored twice to walk the game off on an error and beat Cincinnati 4-3 on Sunday evening.
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Jonathan India wasted no time on Sunday afternoon, doubling to lead off the game. He would score and give the Reds a lead when Tyler Stephenson singled later in the inning. Milwaukee got that run back in the bottom of the 1st when Christian Yelich singled, Jesse Winker walked, and Willy Adames singled to load up the bases against Luis Cessa. A double play brought in the tying run, and then the go-ahead run scored on a wild pitch.
Luis Cessa settled in after that and would retire the side in the 2nd and 3rd innings to complete his day. Derek Law would enter the game in the 4th and toss a perfect inning. Hunter Strickland did the same thing in the bottom of the 5th, holding the Brewers lead to 2-1. That was important because in the top of the 6th inning Jonathan India kept on hitting and crushed a solo homer to center to tie the game up.
Jonathan India ties the game with a big home run!
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Joel Kuhnel took over in the bottom of the 6th and after retiring the first two batters of the inning he gave up a double to former teammate Jesse Winker. But Kuhnel clamped down and got Willy Adames to ground out to end the inning and keep the game tied up. In the top of the 7th Spencer Steer singled with two outs – giving him three hits on the day – to try and get a rally going, but Chad Pinder flew out to end the inning.
The Reds turned to the bullpen again to kick off the bottom of the 7th as Bennett Sousa took the mound. Like the relievers before him he tossed a shutout inning and kept Milwaukee off the board. Alan Busenitz took over for Cincinnati in the bottom of the 8th. He got two quick outs before walking Brice Turang to bring up top prospect Jackson Chourio. He put a good swing on the second pitch of the at-bat and hit the ball hard, but his liner was caught by Matt Reynolds and second base to end the inning and keep the game tied up.
In the top of the 9th the Reds grabbed a lead. Facing former Reds pitcher Wade Miley it was Henry Ramos smacking a solo homer to lead off the game in his first game back after playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Jared Solomon came on in the bottom of the 9th to try and close the game out. He would get the first batter to ground out to second base, but Solomon then walked back-to-back hitters before a single brought in the tying run and put runners on the corners with one out. A hard grounder to third base followed and it ate up Nick Quintana and bounced off of him to bring in the winning run for the Brewers.
Chad Pinder went 0-4. He’s now 3-37 this spring if we include the 0-2 he had in the rain-cancelled game earlier this week. Spencer Steer picked up three hits and is now hitting .333/.405/.545 this spring through 37 plate appearances. Derek Law’s perfect inning lowered his ERA on the spring to 1.42 and he now has 10 strikeouts with 1 walk in 6.1 innings.
The Reds will be back at home in Goodyear on Monday afternoon. Nick Lodolo will get the start for Cincinnati as they face off against the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch is set for 4:05pm ET.