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Brewers top Reds 6-3 behind Nick Franklin’s three-run homer

Reds can’t hold 3-0 lead.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers-Media Day
Franklin socks 3 run dinger
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WP: Michael Brady (1-0); LP: Jimmy Herget (0-1); Save: Corbin Burnes (1) Home runs: Cinc - Adam Duval (1); Mil - Nick Franklin (1)

Box Score

The Milwaukee Brewers spotted the Cincinnati Reds a 3-0 lead through the top of the fifth inning, but roared back with three in the bottom half of that inning and three more in the bottom of the sixth.

The Reds missed Anthony DiSclafani in their rotation last season, and had to be encouraged by his performance today against the Milwaukee Brewers. Returning from an elbow injury, DiSclafani worked two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two with no walks. Brewers’ starter Chase Anderson matched DiSclafani with two shutout, one-hit innings on just 19 pitches. Anderson looked much sharper than his first start.

Two candidates for the Brewers’ rotation, Brandon Woodruff and Aaron Wilkerson, allowed all three of the Reds runs with Woodruff giving up two. Probably the most impressive outing for Milwaukee pitchers was turned in by Taylor Williams, who worked a 1-2-3 eighth, striking out two. Corbin Burnes pitched a scoreless ninth for the save but walked one and gave up three solidly hit balls for the final three outs.

The Brewers three runs in the bottom of the fifth on a bases loaded double by Eric Sogard. Orlando Arcia came all the way around from first and was windmilled home by Eddie Seder when the throw went into second base. The Brewers continued their run of scoring unearned runs with three in the sixth when Ji-Man Choi reached on a dropped pop-up with two down. Keon Broxton took a walk, and utility man candidate Nick Franklin ripped the first pitch he saw for a no-doubter into right center.

No Brewers collected more than one hit. The Brewers have now plated eleven unearned runs in their six games. This may be an unsustainable pace for the regular season. Even a Little League season...well, maybe not.

Milwaukee moves to 5-1, and remains ahead of the 3-0 Royals, who won today. Tomorrow the Brewers will host the Giants, with Wade Miley getting the start for Milwaukee. The game will be web-cast and can be found on