National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, July 10th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Brandon Phillips drove in three runs to lead
the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers to avoid a three-
game sweep at Miller Park.
Phillips went 2-for-5 and started off the scoring in the first inning when he
knocked in Shin-Soo Choo on a line drive single to left field. Choo also had a
solid day at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.
Mike Leake (8-4) earned the win for the Reds after pitching 8 1/3 strong
innings. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits with four walks and
two strikeouts. Leake did not allow a baserunner after the fifth inning.
"It wasn't the best game I've pitched. They put some pressure on me, they made
me work, but I definitely made some pitches when I needed to. It would've been
a graveyard in here if we didnt pull this one out," said Leake on his
All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman recorded the final two outs of the game to
solidify the win for Cincinnati.
Milwaukee batters did not provide their pitchers much run support. Sean Halton
hit his first home run of the season for the Brewers in the fifth inning.
Johnny Hellweg (0-3) allowed four runs on four hits with five walks over 4 1/3
innings. Hellweg is winless over four career starts. The right-hander was sent
down to Single-A Wisconsin after the game. He was not sent to Triple-A or
Double-A since the leagues will be on break.
"I'm just trying to stay positive. I'm just going to try to go down there and
get a good feeling to try to get back up here and help as soon as I can," said
Hellweg. "I feel like I have a lot more to show and show that I can contribute
up here and help the team."
Milwaukee responded in the first inning to tie the game at one when Carlos
Gomez hit a sacrifice fly to score Logan Schafer.
The Reds loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning against Hellweg,
but they only brought in one run. Devin Mesoraco lifted a sacrifice fly to
center to score Jay Bruce. Leake, though, hit into a double play to end the
inning. Despite scoring six runs, the Reds went 3-for-14 with runners in
"I don't want to sound greedy, but we have to cash in more, we have to get
more two-out hits," said Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker referring to the
runners that were left in scoring position.
Phillips' RBI groundout scored Zack Cozart from third base in the top
of the third inning to give Cincinnati a 3-1 edge.
The Brewers had a chance to answer back in the bottom half, but Jeff Bianchi
was thrown out at home by third baseman Todd Frazier after a Jean Segura
squeeze bunt attempt.
Cozart scored on Bruce's ground out in the fifth inning to give the Reds a
three-run cushion, but Halton homered in the home half to make it 4-2.
The Reds added two more runs in the seventh. With two on and one out,
Phillips laced a single to center field to score Choo. Bruce followed with an
RBI single to center to push Joey Votto across to account for the final
Phillips is the first Reds second baseman to be voted as an All-Star
Game starter since Joe Morgan did it in seven consecutive seasons from
1972-78... The Reds' leadoff batters reached base in each the first seven
07/10 18:22:09 ET
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