Sunday, September 18, 2011

Brewers Complete Sweep as Reds' Offense Sputters, Again

Cincy is hoisting the white flag after
this embarrassing weekend

Milwaukee (90-63) steamrolled over the host Redlegs (73-79) 8-1 to complete a clean sweep over last year's NL Central Champions. The Brewers outscored Cincinnati 24-5 over the 3-game series.

Here's the (little) good, the bad and a notable on Sunday's merciless beatdown:

The Good:
-Devin Mesoraco knocked in the team's only run with a single in the fifth.
-Juan Francisco reached base safely twice and scored a run.
-After spot starter Matt Maloney lasted only 1 2/3 innings, the bullpen limited Milwaukee hitters to only one run on three hits for the final 7 1/3 frames.
-The Reds welcome the last-place Houston Astros for the final home series of the year beginning Monday.

The Bad:
-Maloney, who was making an emergency start in place of Dontrelle Willis because of back spasms, got lit up for seven runs (six earned) and nine hits before exiting the contest after recording only five outs.
-For the second straight game, the Reds had only TWO hits.
-The first five hitters in the Reds' lineup combined to go 0 for 20 with six K's.
-Drew Stubbs now has 197 strikeouts on the season after picking up two more on Sunday.
-Jay Bruce was hitless during the series (0 for 10, 4 K's).
-Yonder Alonso has one hit in his last 11 at-bats.
-Mesoraco committed his third error in only 8 games played since being called-up.

Notable:
-The two squads split the season series between them 8-8.

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