National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Cincinnati|
(Sunday, May 12th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 5, Milwaukee 1
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Bronson Arroyo fired 6 2/3 shutout innings
and Donald Lutz hit a historic three-run homer that carried the Cincinnati
Reds to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and a sweep of the three-game
series between the NL Central foes.
Lutz became the first German-raised player to homer in a major league game
when he connected off Brewers starter Wily Peralta in the bottom of the second
inning. It provided more than enough support for Arroyo (3-4), who held the
reeling Brewers to five hits while striking out five to earn his first win
since Apr. 15.
Xavier Paul added a pinch-hit solo homer later on in the triumph, the Reds'
seventh in nine games.
Jean Segura and Yuniesky Betancourt each had a pair of hits for Milwaukee,
which fell to 1-9 in May. Peralta (3-3) lasted six innings and was reached for
four runs -- three earned -- on five hits.
"Things are not going well for us," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke stated. "The
other teams are doing everything right, and we're not playing well."
Lutz's line drive off the foul pole in right staked Cincinnati to a 3-0
lead in the bottom of the second inning, with Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce
scoring on the rookie's blast after each had reached via singles.
"Obviously, it's a big one and helped us win the game and stuff," said Lutz,
who was called up from the minors in late April. "It wasn't like 'OK, I have
to hit one now'. I told everybody 'whenever it happens, it happens.' I already
had more singles here than I had in the minors the whole six weeks."
Aided by a pair of Milwaukee errors, the Reds tacked on another run in the
After Joey Votto singled with one out, Peralta threw wildly to second after
grabbing a comebacker off the bat of Phillips to put runners at the corners.
Bruce then bounced into a force play that brought home Votto, and wound up on
second after Segura misfired on the relay throw from shortstop.
Arroyo encountered little trouble during his stint, with Milwaukee's best
threat against the veteran coming when Segura doubled to lead off the fourth
and Betancourt singled two batters later. Arroyo prevented any damage,
however, by inducing a double-play grounder from Martin Maldonado to end the
A Rickie Weeks single that followed a hit batsman ended Arroyo's day with two
outs in the seventh, but Sam LeCure struck out Jeff Bianchi looking to keep
the shutout bid intact.
"I was laboring every inning," Arroyo admitted. "It probably didn't look like
that. After the sixth, I told them those 65 pitches felt like 90 and to just
be aware of that to have somebody ready to go. I knew I was getting away with
some pitches I normally wouldn't, and that game could get out of hand quicker
than you thought."
Paul put the finishing touches on the sweep by greeting Mike Fiers with a shot
into the right-field seats to begin the bottom of the seventh.
Milwaukee finally got on the board with an unearned run in the eighth. Alex
Gonzalez laced a leadoff single off Jonathan Broxton, reached third on a
Segura base hit and came around on a passed ball by Cincinnati catcher Ryan
Arroyo produced the first quality start by a Reds hurler since he tossed seven
innings of two-run ball at St. Louis on Apr. 30, ending the team's stretch of
nine straight outings without one ... Lutz is now batting .462 (6-for-13)
during a six-game hitting streak ... Segura finished the series 8-for-12 with
a pair of solo homers ... The Brewers fell to 2-10 at Great American Ball Park
since the start of the 2012 season.
05/12 19:38:41 ET