The Milwaukee Brewers avoided the series sweep with a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon.
Similar to the first two games of the series, the Reds put up runs before the Brewers bats hit the field. The Reds went up 2-0 in the first inning.
Chacin found more trouble in the second and third innings, allowing a run in each inning.
Chacin left after three innings, trailing 4-2. Chacin had rib cage discomfort. He allowed four runs (three earned), six hits while striking out six. Chacin is now winless in his last 12 starts and holds a 5.79 ERA.
The Brewers announced their starter had to leave the game due to rib cage discomfort. Brandon Woodruff had to leave Sunday’s game early with an oblique strain and is expected to be out six weeks. With the rotation already in shambles after losing their most consistent pitcher, the Chacin news is worrisome.
Milwaukee is still in the midst of a playoff race as the trade deadline approaches only two games back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. What do they do if Chacin ends up missing significant time? Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Chacin is “very likely” headed to the IL with a right oblique strain.
Freddy Peralta and/or Adrian Houser may find themselves getting a start or more in the coming weeks depending on how long Chacin is out and if GM David Stearns makes any moves.
The Brewers needed the offense to play well today and they did just enough to get the job done. Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to tie the game 2-2.
It was the fifth inning where the offense really came together. Keston Hiura hit a leadoff home run to cut the deficit to 4-3, it was his 10th at the big league level this season.
Orlando Arcia walked, Lorenzo Cain singled, and Christian Yelich walked to load the bases for Yasmani Grandal and two outs. Grandal singled to left scoring Arcia and Cain to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead.
The bullpen went to work after Chacin’s early exit and didn’t allow a run. Josh Hader came in to throw the seventh and eighth innings both scoreless frames, before turning to Freddy Peralta for the save in the ninth. Peralta struck out two en route to his first career save.
The Brewers (54-50) have an off day tomorrow before starting a three-game set against arch-rival Chicago Cubs (55-47) this weekend. On Friday the pitching matchup with be Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.60 ERA) for the Brewers and going for the Cubs will be José Quintana (8-7, 4.42 ERA). First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7:10 pm (CT).