MVP: Ryan Braun (+.137)
LVP: Corey Hart (-.067)
Well, that was fun.
Entering tonight's game, the Brewers had scored just two runs against Johnny Cueto in his two previous starts against them. Tonight, they tagged him for eight earned runs in just an inning and a third. It was both his shortest outing and his most runs allowed this season. The Brewers continued the onslaught against the Reds' bullpen, scoring five more runs against Aaron Harang and Sam LeCure. In fact, they loaded the bases in each of tonight's first five innings.
Meanwhile, Randy Wolf continued his hot September, allowing just one run on four hits over six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He has a 2.56 ERA over eleven starts since allowing 12 earned runs to the Pirates on July 21.
Unfortunately, the news isn't all good. After the game was no longer in doubt, Ryan Braun was hit in the elbow by Sam LeCure in the fifth inning and was removed from the game. Following the incident, the Brewers also pulled Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder.
Some other notables:
- Rickie Weeks scored three runs tonight to bring his season total to 104, tied for the 12th highest in franchise history.
- Lorenzo Cain had four hits tonight (including a pair of doubles), setting a new career high and tying the Brewer record for most hits in a game by a rookie.
- Casey McGehee drove in four runs tonight to bring his season total to 99, the most ever by a Brewer third baseman.
- Craig Counsell now has two home runs on the season, but he has as many three run home runs (one) and more grand slams (also one) than Prince Fielder.