W: Francisco Cordero (5-4)
L: Trevor Hoffman (2-7)
HR: Jay Bruce (18), Juan Francisco (1)
MVP: Kameron Loe (+.189)
LVP: Trevor Hoffman (-.386)
So, a 42 year old can't be effective on back-to-back-to-back days. Who'd have guessed?
Randy Wolf clearly didn't have much tonight, and was probably a little lucky to escape five innings allowing just three runs. Wolf allowed eight hits, walked five, and didn't strike anyone out. His early departure created yet another long outing for the Brewer bullpen, which entered the game with seven relievers that had all pitched at least once in the last two days.
Mike McClendon, Zach Braddock and Kameron Loe managed to hold the Reds to one run over four innings, but Ken Macha opted not to use Todd Coffey (who was warming in the ninth) to pitch the tenth inning, and instead decided to use Trevor Hoffman, who had already pitched Saturday and yesterday. Hoffman walked Ryan Hanigan, then got a couple of pop ups but eventually allowed back-to-back singles to drive home the winning run.
With the win and the Cardinals' loss, the Reds now have a six game lead in the Central.