Brewers 6, Reds 7

W: Aroldis Chapman (2-0)
L: Sergio Mitre (0-1)
S: Francisco Cordero (4)

HR: Votto, Stubbs

MVP: Rickie Weeks (+.188) 
LVP: Sergio Mitre (-.287)

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Once again, Yovani Gallardo did not have his best stuff. The first inning was particularly painful to listen to, as he gave up a single, single, and then three-run homer to Joey Votto. All this before even recording an out. He allowed another run before the first inning ended to leave the Brewers with an early 4-0 defecit.

But then Yo settled down, and pitched 4 scoreless innings after that. The Crew was able to claw their way back, with a 2-RBI single from Carlos Gomez, a run-scoring force-out by Jonathan Lucroy, and an RBI ground-out by Prince Fielder.

Just as the Crew brought it back to 4-4, Bad Yovani showed up again, allowing the first two batters he faced in the sixth inning to reach, via bloop and a walk. Two relievers, Mitch Stetter and Sean Green, allowed both of those baserunners to score, giving the Reds a 6-4 lead, and leaving Gallardo's final line at 5 IP, 6 ER. But their lead didn't last very long, as the Crew scored two in the bottom of the sixth with RBIs from Mark Kotsay and Rickie Weeks. 

Kameron Loe (of course), LaTroy Hawkins, and John Axford each threw a scoreless inning to keep the game tied at 6-6 for the next 3 innings. They had a chance to take the lead in the 8th inning when they loaded the bases with 1 out. But the Crew's offense was no match for Aroldis Chapman.

The game went to extras and it wasn't long before Sergio Mitre came in and sucked the wind out of our sails, allowing a solo home run to Drew Stubbs, sealing up the Red's victory.

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