Aug 7, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers (64) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
HR: Aramis Ramirez (15)
MVP: Mike Fiers (+.332)
LVP: Ryan Braun (-.055)
Entering tonight's game, it was hard to think that Mike Fiers could be any better than he has been so far in Milwaukee. Tonight, he stepped it up again.
Perfect game watch was on in Milwaukee tonight. Mike Fiers started fast with an eight pitch 1-2-3 first inning. He just kept it going after that. Six innings went by and no Reds made it on base. The Brewers defense helped out as well with good plays by Aramis Ramirez, Norichika Aoki, and Ryan Braun keeping the perfect game intact. It was finally broken up in the seventh inning with a leadoff double from Zack Cozart. At the end of the day, it was another great game: eight innings, three hits, one run, no walks, and seven strikeouts.
It was more than enough as the Brewers got their needed offense right away. Aramis Ramirez put the Brewers on the board in the first inning with a two-run home run. They tacked on another run in the seventh inning thanks to a Rickie Weeks double, Jonathan Lucroy groundout that advanced Weeks to third, and a Jean Segura groundout that allowed Weeks to score. It was Segura's first major-league RBI, though he is still looking for his first major-league hit.
Jim Henderson came in to close the game in the ninth and it was a drama-free inning. He struck out one while pitching a 1-2-3 inning to preserve the win for Mike Fiers.