WP: Johnny Cueto (3-2)
LP: Yovani Gallardo (2-1)
HR: Aramis Ramirez (4), Mark Reynolds (7)
MVP: Mark Reynolds (+.089)
LVP: Yovani Gallardo (-.257)
The scoring started in the second inning as Aramis Ramirez broke his 0-for-28 slump with a leadoff solo home run. The Reds would rally in the top of the fourth with four singles and a HBP, resulting in three runs. Ryan Ludwick and Brayan Pena provided the RBI hits in the inning. The Brewers would close it to 3-2 in the fifth inning with a solo home run from Mark Reynolds, but the Reds responded with a run in the sixth inning on Johnny Cueto's RBI single.
It just wasn't Yovani Gallardo's day today. He made it through six innings on 92 pitches, but only threw 51 for strikes. Over those six innings, he allowed four runs on nine hits, a walk, and a hit by pitch. All nine hits were singles, but the Reds took advantage of some Brewers mistakes to help score their runs.
Tyler Thornburg pitched the seventh inning and had his scoreless inning streak come to an end. He allowed two doubles to score the first run, and then two wild pitches let the second run score. Rob Wooten pitched a quick eight inning, pitching a 1-2-3 inning on five pitches.
The Brewers offense just couldn't get going against Johnny Cueto tonight. Cueto struck out ten Brewers tonight and held the Brewers to a total of three hits and a walk in eight innings. The first two hits were solo home runs, and the third hit and walk came in the eighth inning. The Brewers tried to rally in that eighth inning with runners at first and second, but Carlos Gomez was called out on a very close play at first base, which was confirmed on replay.
The Brewers finish their four game series tomorrow in a late afternoon game in Cincinnati. Kyle Lohse will start the final game of the series and try to get a split, and the Reds will start Alfredo Simon for the series win. First pitch is at 3:10 pm.