Brewers hold on to defeat Reds 5-4

W: Chris Narveson (6-5)
L: Homer Bailey (3-4)
S: John Axford (23)

HR: Rickie Weeks (16), Ramon Hernandez (9)

MVP: Rickie Weeks (.302)
LVP: Nyjer Morgan (-.134)

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It came close there but the Brewers escaped with a win. John Axford held on to the save despite giving up 3 hits including a solo home run to Ramon Hernandez to lead off the 9th inning. Chris Narveson bounced back from his disaster start in Minnesota, giving up 7 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. One of the two runs that Narveson gave up was on a quite interesting play. Reds shortstop Zack Cozart made his major league debut tonight. On his second plate appearance, he hit a single. Hernandez batted next and also hit a single but the ball travelled enough of a distance that Cozart made a daring baserunning move and came around to score from first.

For those keeping track: Takashi Saito really pitched! And LaTroy Hawkins pitched the 8th! (The former worked out a lot better than the latter.) Mark Kotsay made himself somewhat useful tonight, going 1 for 4 with an RBI. Considering Narveson reached base twice tonight, maybe that's not so good. By the way, for those of you interested in old-timey counting stats, the Narv-dog has a higher batting average than Craig Counsell, yet Counsell pinch hit for him. They're both lefties; I'd take my chances with Narveson these days, sadly.

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