Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Brewers keep slim hopes alive, knock off Reds

This guy had all the fun Wednesday.

Wednesday’s game meant significantly more to one team playing at Great American Ballpark…and the score reflected it. Milwaukee kept its playoff hopes alive with an 8-1 win over the Redlegs. For all the notables, read on.

Cincinnati got the scoring started early as Joey Votto drove home a run with his 42nd double of the season. Unfortunately, that would be the last time the Reds would score. Milwaukee had a three-run third thanks to a solo home run from Norichika Aoki and RBI singles by Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart. From there, they played tack on with a run in each the sixth, eighth and ninth innings and a pair of runs in the seventh.

All in all, it was one of those 'play out the string games' where everyone's just waiting for the playoffs. The one-year-only system of the top two seeds starting on the road have kind of washed away some of the importance of playing for the top seed and left this last week's worth of games just kind of there. 

The notables from the evening:

The Good
-Votto continues to hit well since returning from injury, now with an average over .320 since coming off the DL. Seeing the doubles are nice as they mean he’s driving the ball a bit more, although he still has not homered in his return which, of course, is a bit troubling. He was 2-for-2 tonight and walked twice.
-Zack Cozart had a nice night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with the Reds’ only run scored.
-We’re another day closer to the playoffs!

The Bad
-Another poor night of offense. Brandon Phillips, who seems to not be at ease in the leadoff spot, went 0-for-5.
-The Reds were abysmal with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-8. They also left nine runners on base.
-It was a tough night for Bronson Arroyo (12-9). He lasted six innings, but allowed eight hits and four earned runs.
-Logan Ondrusek surrendered two runs in just one inning out of the pen.

The Notables
-With the win, Milwaukee assured themselves of at least a .500 record.
-Youngsters Henry Rodriguez and Didi Gregorius both pinch hit – they both also grounded out in their only at-bats.
-Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon each pitched an inning of relief, both allowing a run.
-Shaun Marcum (6-4) earned the win with six innings, striking out seven.
-Ryan Ludwick missed his sixth straight start with a groin injury, but by all reports is close to returning.
-Mat Latos (13-4, 3.60) takes to the hill against right-hander Wily Peralta (2-1, 3.04) in a 12:35 afternoon special tomorrow as the two teams wrap up the series with the rubber match. 

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