W: Marco Estrada (2-5)
L: Francisco Cordero (3-2)
HR: Rickie Weeks (17, inside the park), Mark Kotsay (2), Joey Votto (13), Jay Bruce (20)
MVP: Mark Kotsay (+.798)
LVP: Zach Braddock (-.466)
Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game Voting
You know, maybe that team meeting worked out after all.
The Brewers improved to 3-0 since Ron Roenicke addressed the team on Wednesday, winning tonight on a two out, bases loaded walkoff single for Mark Kotsay. The Brewers rallied for three in the ninth: the first run scored on a Nyjer Morgan triple and Carlos Gomez (pinch running for Prince Fielder) scored the final one.
If you've been frustrated watching Zack Greinke pitch this season, then tonight's start probably didn't do anything to help that problem. He dug himself a 2-0 hole in the first inning today, then allowed the Reds to load the bases with none out and allowed two more runs in the third. All told, he allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings, walking two batters, hitting one and striking out ten.
Fortunately, the Brewer bats were able to pick him up. Greinke's single was the first of four straight Brewer hits in the fifth as three runs scored and the Brewers got back into the game. Then, continuing tonight's streak of unlikely events, Mark Kotsay hit a solo home run in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.
In more likely events: Mark Kotsay gave the Reds new life by booting a ball in left in the seventh, allowing the tying run to score and Joey Votto (the eventual go-ahead run) to advance to third with one out. Votto scored on a sac fly and was followed home by Jay Bruce, who hit a solo homer off Zach Braddock to extend the Reds' lead to two.
Francisco Cordero blew the save tonight for the Reds: He was looking to become just the eighth opposing pitcher ever to record 20 saves against the Brewers.