MVP: Mark Kotsay (+.206)
LVP: Taylor Green (-.044)
Facing Bronson Arroyo in a hitters' park is like a perfect storm for a slumping offense. He entered tonight's game leading the NL in home runs allowed with 40, and the Brewers hung four more on him tonight (plus one more against the Reds bullpen) en route to a 6-3 victory.
Randy Wolf was cruising through seven, but the wheels came off in the eighth. He retired 13 straight batters at one point but allowed all three batters he faced in the eighth to reach and two of those runners came around to score. All told he pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, walking none and striking out seven. The seven K's were the most he's recorded in a game since June.
Meanwhile, the Brewers' five home runs covered for the fact that they only had two other hits in the game. Ryan Braun's pair of home runs tonight made him just the second player in franchise history with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He also scored his 100th run: This is the 25th time in franchise history a Brewer has reached that mark.
The Brewers' five home runs tonight tied a season high: They also hit five on July 19 against the Diamondbacks.
Tonight's win improved the Brewers to 2-5 in Cincinnati this season.