CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 26: Norichika Aoki #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers gets ready in the dugout during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 26, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
W: Bronson Arroyo (4-5)
L: John Axford (1-5)
S: Aroldis Chapman (9)
HR: Jay Bruce (17)
MVP: Norichika Aoki (+.200)
LVP: John Axford (-.224)
Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game Voting
The Brewers came to Cincinnati this week with a chance to gain some ground in the division if they could have a good week. For seven innings tonight, it looked like they were going to lay an enormous egg on the field at Great American Ball Park. Bronson Arroyo, who led the National League in earned runs and all of baseball with 46 home runs last season, held the Brewers hitless for seven and a third innings tonight.
The Brewer bats came back to life in the eighth, though, when Taylor Green broke up the no-no with a double. Corey Hart followed with a double and Norichika Aoki's single tied the game at three. Their new life was short live-d, however,
Marco Estrada was brilliant through five innings tonight but ran out of gas in the sixth, allowing a long three run home run to Jay Bruce that turned out to be the game's decisive blow. Those were the only runs Estrada allowed, and they'll overshadow the fact that he struck out a career-high 12 in the game.
The Brewers will get another chance to dramatically underperform expectations tomorrow when Zack Greinke takes on Homer Bailey at 11:35.