WP: Homer Bailey (4-6); LP: Jimmy Nelson (9-6); Save: Raisel Iglesius (20) ; Homeruns: Cinc - Zack Cozart (15), Mil - Manny Pina (8), Eric Thames (26); Jonathan Villar (9)
I must admit, I wouldn’t have seen the Brewers’ best offensive output since the All Star break if I wasn’t recapping this game for y’all. I would have given up at 10-2 after five innings...maybe after four. But I kept going, and saw Milwaukee produce 10 runs on 16 hits and 3 homers. That has to be enough to win a game, but no...it wasn’t.
There were some bad pitching lines at Miller Park tonight. Jimmy Nelson allowed ten runs in 32⁄3 innings, and Reds’ reliever Blake Wood allowed five in no innings.
But tonight Homer Bailey beat the Brewers. That’s the Homer Bailey that came in with an ERA of 8.86. Tonight Bailey lasted five innings, enough to earn win #4. Bailey had a very balanced, if not over-spectacular, line tonight...5-5-2-2-5-5 (innings, hits, runs, earnies, walks, strikeouts). No perfect innings, but he worked in and out of trouble.
Jimmy Nelson didn’t have it tonight, and gave up a one out homer in the first to Zack Cozart, had a scoreless second, and then six runs (five earned) in the third. With Craig Counsell trying to get Nelson through the fourth so he could pinch hit for him in the bottom of the inning, Jimmy gave up three more runs on four hits and a walk before Counsell finally had to replace him, choosing Jeremy Jeffress for the odious task. By the time JJ came in the Reds had built a 10-2 lead. He ended up with 21⁄3 scoreless on the night.
The Brewers first two runs came in the third on a long, two run, homer to center by Manny Pina. Ryan Braun narrowly missed a two run dinger in the first on a towering flyball caught by Billy Hamilton at the wall in dead center. They left a runner in the first, two in the second, and one in the third, fourth, and fifth.
Blake Wood came on in the bottom of the sixth, and gave up four straight singles to begin the inning (pinch hitter Eric Sogard, Orlando Arcia, Hernan Perez (RBI), and Jonathan Villar (RBI). Perez’ and Villar’s hits were of the infield variety. Eric Thames’ hit wasn’t of the infield variety - it was of the dinger variety, a three run shot to center that brought the Brewers to within three at 10-7.
Michael Lorenzen relieved Wood, and gave up a hit to Ryan Braun and a walk to Travis Shaw before striking out Domingo Santana for the first out of the inning. Pina singled (his third hit of the night) to load ‘em up, and with Sogard up for his second at bat of the inning, Lorenzen wild pitched in the Brewers’ eighth run. Sogard’s grounder up the middle was out number two, but drove in run number nine. Arcia fanned to end the inning. In all, the sixth saw the Brewers score seven times on seven hits and a walk.
Carlos Torres was Craig Counsell’s second choice of the ‘B’ relievers, and he gave up a homerun to Tyler Barnhart, the first batter he faced, to move the Reds’ lead up to 11-9. Despite a walk, Torres finished the inning with just the one run allowed. Jared Hughes had the eighth, and after he retired the first two he allowed a walk and a single, bringing up Barnhart with two on and two out. Barnhart was retired on a liner to center.
Cincy went with Raisel Iglesias for the two inning save chance in the eighth. A single by Travis Shaw, double by Santana, and intentional walk to Sogard brought up pinch hitter Jesus Aguilar. Iglesias struck him out on three pitches to end the threat.
With Hamilton at second and two down in the top of the ninth (on a single and a stolen base, his third of the night) Milwaukee intentionally walked Joey Votto. It was Votto’s second intentional walk and third walk over-all, and he also added a single. Cozart had three hits and a walk, and Eugenio Suarez also had three hits with two walks. Oh yeah, the intentional walk worked; Jacob Barnes got the third out of the inning with one pitch as Adam Duvall flew out to center.
Iglesias came out for the ninth and fanned Perez on three pitches, but Villar took a center cut fastball out to left-center to pull the Brewers within a run at 11-10. Thames got his third hit of the game on a two strike single up the middle, and Braun fouled out to third. Shaw fanned on a low inside slider, and the Brewers had their sixth straight loss.
Scott Feldman (4-4, 4.34) will go for Cincinnati (49-67) Saturday evening, and the Brewers (59-59) will counter with Brent Suter (2-2, 3.31). If the Cubs lead holds up over the D-Backs, their lead will remain at a game over the Cards and three over the Pirates, both winners tonight. Milwaukee falls into a tie with the Pirates.