The Milwaukee Brewers fell behind big early and couldn’t find a way to rally against dominate Cincinnati Reds starter Trevor Bauer. Milwaukee’s Eric Lauer was tagged for six earned runs in the second inning, including allowing a three-run homer to Reds first baseman Matt Davidson. That was more than enough for Bauer, who struck out 12 Brewers. His ERA remains below 1.00 on the season.
There was perhaps one silver lining. Christian Yelich drove in two with a home run in the eighth inning. Last year’s MVP remains mired in an early-season slump that has weighed down a lineup, and franchise, now built around him as its centerpiece. Milwaukee is 5-6 on the season, in second place in the National League Central. They play again at 6:10 PM Saturday.