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Reds 6, Brewers 2: Hellweg blows up again, demoted

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Johnny, we barely knew ye

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Win: Mike Leake (8-4)
Loss: Johnny Hellweg (0-3)

HR: Sean Halton (1)

MVP: Jeff Bianchi (.09)
LVP: Rickie Weeks (-.21)

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It just hasn't been Johnny's season. Hellweg actually improved on his 12.79 ERA today, but still allowed 4 earned runs over 4.1 innings. He was done in by a combination of walks (5) and timely Reds hitting, and struck out only a single batter. After the game, it was announced he was optioned to Low-A Appleton, purportedly to stay on his regular turn.

The bullpen was serviceable in relief, the only real blemish being Donovan Hand allowing two runs over his two innings of work. Hand has now allowed two or more runs in his last three appearances (two starts).

Leake held the Brewers to just 4 hits over 8.1 innings, though he did walk 4. Logan Schafer scored in the first on a Carlos Gomez sac fly. The Brewers only other run came when Sean Halton mashed a changeup into the Brewers bullpen for his first major league home run.

Although Leake came out for the ninth, he was pulled for Aroldis Chapman when Jonathan Lucroy singled with one out. The game ended with Yuniesky Betancourt facing Aroldis Chapman, which just seems like a really, really unfair matchup. Chapman fired five straight fastballs and touched 102 miles per hour, and Yuni could only stand and watch as the game-ending pitch sailed right by him at 101.