Win: Mike Leake (4-6)
Loss: Marco Estrada (5-4)
HR: Jonathan Lucroy (6), Billy Hamilton (4), Brandon Phillips (5), Todd Frazier (15)
The Brewers gave up 19 hits and a walk today.
In five innings, Marco Estrada allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings. Unsurprisingly, every run that scored against him came via home run. Billy Hamilton led off the night with a long ball before Brandon Phillips launched a two-run homer later in the first. Estrada then settled down for a bit before allowing another two run shot in the fifth, this time to Todd Frazier.
So the story has been for Estrada, who had three strikeouts and no walks on the night. He's always been a pitcher with good K:BB numbers, but who has had a penchant for giving up the home run. Those problems have been exacerbated this season. Estrada has now given up 23 home runs in 2014, four more than his previous career-high of 19. He has also done so in just 84 innings, an HR/9 of 2.5.
Meanwhile, for a little while, it seemed like the Brewers still had a chance. After falling behind 3-0 in the first, Milwaukee came back to tie the game in the fourth inning as Marco Estrada himself hit an RBI single and Scooter Gennett doubled to bring in two more.
Frazier's home run in the fifth put the Reds up by two again, but the Brewers cut the lead to one immediately when Jonathan Lucroy led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run.
Then, the wheels fell off. In the eighth, Rob Wooten allowed three runs and left the bases loaded for Mike Fiers with no outs. Fiers got a strikeout before walking in a run and allowing another on a sacrifice fly. A Jay Bruce flyout mercifully ended the inning.
The Reds weren't done, however. Wei-Chung Wang came on in the ninth and, well, you probably could have guessed what would happen. After the dust settled, Cincinnati had another three runs on three hits and an error.
The Brewers move on to a series with the Diamondbacks next. First pitch tomorrow is at 8:40 CT.