National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Cincinnati
(Friday, September 16th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 6, Cincinnati 3
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ryan Braun belted two home runs to lead
the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener
of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
Prince Fielder, George Kottaras and Mark Kotsay all homered for the Brewers,
who bounced back after dropping a 6-2 decision to the Rockies on Wednesday.
Randy Wolf (13-9) was stellar, going seven-plus innings, giving up three runs
on seven hits while fanning seven without issuing a walk. John Axford worked a
scoreless ninth to earn his 43rd save of the season.
The Brewers maintained a 5 1/2 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the
top spot in the NL Central after St. Louis beat Philadelphia on Friday.
Joey Votto collected three hits and all three RBI, while Brandon Phillips
added a pair of hits for the Reds, who had their three-game winning streak
Bronson Arroyo (8-12) lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on five hits
while striking out two and walking three.
The Reds opened the scoring in their first at-bat when Dave Sappelt ripped a
one-out double and came around to score on a single by Votto for a 1-0 lead.
It didn't last long.
The Brewers came right back to tie the game in the next frame courtesy of
the mighty bat of Fielder, who deposited a fastball from Arroyo about seven
rows back in the right field seats.
Milwaukee used the long-ball again in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Nyjer Morgan worked a two-out walk and Kotsay crushed an Arroyo offering onto
the lawn beyond the center field wall. Braun followed with a solo-shot to
Cincinnati threatened in the home half of the frame when Phillips beat out an
infield single to leadoff the frame and Votto singled to right to put runners
on first and second with one out. The Reds were unable to cash in however, as
Jay Bruce grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
The Brewers tacked on another run in the seventh on Kottaras's solo-shot to
right to make it 5-1. It was his fifth home run of the season.
Braun's second bomb of the game in the eighth inning made it 6-1.
"I think when I am going well, I'm staying on the ball and driving it the
other way," Braun said. "Hopefully there are good things to come here in
the next few weeks."
Cincinnati got two runs back in the home half of the eighth when Paul Janish,
Todd Frazier and Phillips all singled against Wolf to load the bases with no
outs. Francisco Rodriguez was then summoned from the Milwaukee bullpen. After
Yonder Alonzo flied out to left, Votto ripped a two-run single to make it 6-3.
Following the RBIs, the Reds still had men on first and second with one out,
but Bruce grounded into another inning-ending double play.
"We just can't seem to keep the ball in the ball park," Reds manager Dusty
Baker said. "They hit five home runs off us. We need home runs, but not like
The Brewers are 36-40 on the road this season...Reds manager Dusty Baker is
one win shy of 1,480 in his managerial career...The Reds are 40-36 at home
this season...Cincinnati leads the all-time series with the Brewers
117-104-1...Braun's two homers give him 30 on the season to go with 30 stolen
bases...Wolf is now 11-4 in his career against the Reds...Arroyo has allowed
44 home runs this season.
09/17 01:35:26 ET
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