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Brewers 6, Reds 5: Halton the name of love

Before you break the Reds' hearts.

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Win: Jim Henderson (4-5)
Loss: Zach Duke (1-2)

HR: Gindl (4), Halton (3), Frazier (16)

MVP: Sean Halton (.393 WPA)
LVP: Yovani Gallardo (-.237 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
Boxscore

That's the Yovani Gallardo we all know and know from earlier in the season. Gallardo put the Brewers in a hole early as he allowed three runs in the first inning on three walks and two singles. Another run in the third gave the Reds a 4-0 lead before Caleb Gindl put the Brewers on the board in the fifth inning with a solo home run.

Gallardo gave up one more in the sixth, to put the Brewers down by four once again. Gallardo's line on the day: 6 IP, 7 hits, 3 BB, 5 ER, 5 K. Not great.

But have no fear, the Brewers late-arriving defense was here. An RBI force-out in the seventh cut the lead to three. The Brewers tied it up in the eighth with a big three-run inning. Norichika Aoki led off with a walk, then Khris Davis was hit by a pitch. Jean Segura tripled to bring in both baserunners, then was brought home himself on a sacrifice fly.

Thus, entering the ninth, the game was tied 5-5. Jim Henderson did his part, shutting down the Reds in the top of the frame. Likely hero Sean Halton hit a walk off homer in the Brewers half to give Milwaukee the win.

The Brewers head on to a SUPER IMPORTANT series against the Cubs next. Seriously, draft position hangs in the balance here. The world is watching.