Reds 4, Brewers 3: Walkoff loss in 10 innings

Joe Robbins

Khris Davis and Scooter Gennett hit home runs but the bullpen could not hold a late lead and the Brewers lost the series to the Reds.

W: Sam Lecure, 1-1

L: Tyler Thornburg, 3-1

HR: Gennett (2), Davis (4), Pena (3), Phillips (2)

The Brewer bullpen was not going to be able to hold every lead indefinitely, but that does not make it any easier to take when losses like today's happen. Brandon Kintzler gave up the lead in the 8th inning, and Tyler Thornburg gave up the game in the 10th, and the offense again failed to have much punch in today's 4-3 loss to the Reds.

Kyle Lohse did not look very sharp today but limited the damage. His final line was 6 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 2 earned runs. Brayan Pena continued to terrorize the Brewers with a home run in the 3rd. Brandon Phillips doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly in the 4th. In the bottom of the sixth, the Reds loaded the bases with 1 out for Todd Frazier. He hit a hard line drive at Scooter Gennett, who flipped it to Segura who  Brandon Phillips to second base for a double play to get the Brewers out of the inning.

Scooter Gennett and KHRis Davis each hit solo homers for the Brewers. Gennett's was in the first, a legitimate shot to right and not really a Great American Ball Park homer. Davis took one out to the opposite field in the fourth, an encouraging sign for him. Jonathan Lucroy also contributed a 2-out RBI single up the middle in the fourth, driving in Carlos Gomez, who had doubled to deep left center.

Lohse exited with runners on the corners and 1 out in the seventh inning for Will Smith to face pinch-hitting Jay Bruce, who he struck out with yet another nasty slider. Next, Skip Schumaker flew out to Davis to end the inning. Smith struck out Joey Votto in the eighth and was pulled in favor of Brandon Kintzler to face the upcoming string of righties. Brandon Phillips greeted Kintzler with a long home run to center on a fastball out over the middle of the plate.

The Brewers could not get much going against Jonathan Broxton in the 9th inning, and Kintzler stayed on to try to get it to extra innings. He was bailed out of trouble by Zach Duke, who struck out Schumaker to end the inning with runners on second and third. Khris Davis (who is now 6-8 in extra innings on the year) led off the top of the tenth with a double against Sam Lecure. After Jeff Bianchi popped up a bunt and Jean Segura flew out to right, Logan Schafer walked to put runners on first and second for Carlos Gomez. The first pitch of the at-bat barely missed Gomez's head and the runners advanced, but Lecure was able to come back and was able to strike out an over-aggressive Gomez to end half-inning.

Tyler Thornburg drew the difficult assignment of the Reds 2, 3, and 4 hitters in the bottom of the tenth. He got Votto and Brandon Phillips but walked Chris Heisey with 2 outs. Todd Frazier roped a line drive into the left field corner, and the relay throw could not get home in time and the Reds walked off with a 4-3 victory and the 3-1 series win.

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