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Brewers 5, Reds 1

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W: Manny Parra (4-8)
L:  Aaron Harang (5-10)

HR: Craig Counsell (!), JJ Hardy

MVP: Manny Parra - pitching (.242)
LVP: Manny Parra - batting (-.057); Frank Catalanotto (-.044)

Win Expectancy Graph

SB Nation Coverage

 

It was basically a boring baseball game until Craig Counsell hit a home-run in the top of the fourth inning. Mike Cameron hit a double and Casey McGehee hit a single to get runners on first and third. Fielder reached on a pitching error, allowing Cameron to score. Corey Hart hit a ground-rule double and Frank Catalanotto hit a sac fly, giving McGehee and Fielder the ability to score. In the bottom of the fifth inning, though, the Reds answered the Brewers' four runs with one of their own.

The rest of the game was pretty boring again until the top of the eighth, when the game was delayed on account of rain. For about two hours, we sat on the edge of our seats, just waiting for the game to be called and mocking the Reds for their lack of roofing. As 10:35-ish came around, a tired and groggy few BCB goers rejoined the game thread. The Reds brought in Daniel Ray Herrera to replace Aaron Harang after such a long rest, which worked to their advantage when he was able to retire the last two batters of the inning. Todd Coffey, however, showed that he's got enough GRIT to pitch after a nice shower.

JJ Hardy, the first batter up in the top of the ninth, hit a home-run off the third pitch from Nick Masset. Mark DiFelice was brought in to relieve some leftover Coffey. Laynce Nix was brought in as a pinch hitter for Nick Masset, who ended up being the last hitter of the night. As he struck out, at least one Brewers fan untucked her shirt. Way to go, Crew!