Saturday, September 17, 2011

Braun, Brewers Wax Redlegs 10-1

The one lone bright spot for Cincy on Saturday was Johnny Bench
Ryan Braun continued making his case for league MVP honors as the visiting Brewers (89-63) waxed the Reds (74-78) 10-1 on "Johnny Bench night" at GABP. The Milwaukee left fielder homered, singled twice and drove in four runs in the lopsided affair.

Here's the good, the bad and the notables on Saturday's game:

The Good:
-Yonder Alonso belted his fifth homer of the season in the second.
-The Reds honored Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench before the game by unveiling a statue and renaming a portion of a street outside the stadium to "Johnny Bench Way". The legendary Bench also threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate & fellow Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.
-Nearly 40,000 fans showed up to the park.

The Bad:
-Cincinnati managed only two base hits. TWO HITS! Anemic offensive performances such as this one remind me of this scene by Bob Uecker from the movie Major League. Oh the irony.
-Jay Bruce made three official visits to home plate -- all three resulted in a strikeout.
-The Drew Stubbs "K meter" continues to rise. The Reds' center fielder went down on strikes two more times to bump his total for the year to 195.
-Edinson Volquez was roughed up for five runs and six hits in his 6 2/3 innings of work.
-As a team, Cincy hitters struckout 15 times -- 13 came courtesy of Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
-Rookies Devin Mesoraco and Juan Francisco both went 0 for 3 with two K's.
-The Redlegs have now lost three in-a-row on Saturday's.

-Gallardo became the second pitcher in Brewers history to record four strikeouts in an inning when Brandon Phillips reached on a wild-pitch with two outs in the fifth.
-The Reds have now dropped five of their last six games to Milwaukee.

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