Monday, August 6, 2012

Brewers mash three homers, topple Reds



The last time the Redlegs (66-43) dropped back-to-back ball games was in early July. On Monday though, it happened again. The visting Reds were doubled-up by the host Brewers (49-59), 6-3, at Miller Park.

The two teams remained scoreless until the fifth inning when Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo helped himself with an RBI single to put his club on top, 1-0.

Milwaukee increased their lead in the sixth when Aramis Ramirez (14) and Corey Hart (21) connected for a pair of back-to-back solo homers. But the fourth-place Brewers weren't done there. They would add two more in the inning off of a 2-run homer by Martin Maldonado (6) to make it 5-0 before sending Reds starter Bronson Arroyo to an early shower.

Cincinnati got on the board in the seventh when rookie Zack Cozart uncorked a solo homer of his own -- his 12th of the campaign. They would close the gap in the eighth after staging a rally that plated two more to pull within 5-3.

However, the Brewers would tack on one more in the home half of the eighth to make it 6-3, and that's how the final score read.

Here's a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from the series opener:

The Good:
+ Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup after missing five straight games with a strained calf.
+ Scott Rolen found his way on base in all four of his trips to the dish. He walked twice, singled, and ripped a double (10).
+ Cozart collected a couple of hits out of the leadoff spot.
+ Xavier Paul continues to earn his stripes after delivering a pinch hit, RBI single as part of the 2-run eighth.
+ Sam LeCure hurled 1.2 innings of perfect relief.

The Bad:
+ Though Phillips returned to the lineup, he went hitless in five at-bats with a strikeout.
+ Arroyo ran into major trouble in the bottom of the sixth which consequently sent his stat line into a nosedive. The 35-year old managed to toss 5.1 innings, but allowed 10 hits and five runs -- all of which came off three homers in that hideous sixth frame. The end result of his outing saw his ERA balloon over four at 4.05.
+ The Reds left 10 men high and dry on base. They were just 1-8 with RISP.
+ Pittsburgh won their game, 4-0, at home over Arizona to move within 3.5 games of first.

The Notables:
+ Despite the loss, Cincy has won 15 of its last 18 games and 22 of 27 overall. They're 19-5 since the All-Star Break.
+ Tonight's affair marked the beginning of 18 straight games against teams with losing records for the Reds.
+ Nick Masset is scheduled to pitch Tuesday for Triple-A Louisville as part of his rehab. The right-handed reliever has been on the disabled list all year with a shoulder injury.
+ Through 108 games, the Reds have used only five starting pitchers (Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake), a modern franchise record.
+ Up next: Ace Johnny Cueto (14-5, 2.52) gets the starting nod on Tuesday and will square off against Milwaukee's Mike Fiers (5-4, 1.88). The game is set to get underway at 8:10et.

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