Win: Yovani Gallardo (6-6)
Loss: Homer Bailey (4-5)
HR: Francisco (6)
MVP: Gallardo (.279 WPA)
LVP: Norichika Aoki (-.069 WPA)
For the second straight time, Yovani Gallardo was really good. He only pitched six innings today, but he found a lot of success as the Reds managed just three hits and two walks off the right hander. Gallardo, of course, did not allow any runs to score while striking out five batters.
Homer Bailey managed to pitch longer than Gallardo, but he was nowhere near as effective. Despite being in the midst of his best season in the majors, Bailey was hammered for six runs by the Brewers. He gave up two runs in three different innings.
In the second inning, Jonathan Lucroy hit a one-out single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Logan Schafer singled to put runners on the corners before another wild pitch brought Lucroy home. Schafer advanced all the way to third on the play. He would score on a sacrifice fly for the Brewers' second run.
The Brewers would tack on two more runs in the fifth inning as Juan Francisco hit his first home run as a Brewer--a two run shot off the left field foul pole that also scored Logan Schafer, who reached base with a double. Schafer would drive in two runs of his own the next inning as another double allowed Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy to score. The two players had walked and singled, respectively.
The biggest threat from the Reds all day came in the seventh inning, when Tom Gorzelanny came in for Gallardo. Gorzelanny allowed a couple of singles during the inning, but also struck out two hitters and escaped the inning without any damage. Donovan Hand and Jim Henderson finished off the game.
The Brewers and Reds play again tomorrow with Wily Peralta facing Johnny Cueto. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 CT.