Milwaukee Brewers Slammed by Pirates; Losing Streak at 7
The Brewers bats finally woke up in a wild game Tuesday night, knocking out 12 hits and scoring 10 runs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to end the losing streak for the Brewers, as they fall to the Reds 16-10.
The Reds opened the scoring in the 3rd inning. After Brewers starter, Mike Fiers, retired the first two hitters of the inning, the Reds loaded the bases on a single by Joey Votto, a walk to Todd Frazier, and an error by Jason Rogers, allowing Brandon Phillips to reach base. The next batter up, Jay Bruce, launched a grand slam to right field, making it 4-0 Reds.
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The Brewers would answer with 4 runs of their own in the bottom of the 3rd. Logan Schafer opened the inning with a single, followed by Martin Maldonado lining a pitch over the left-center field wall, for his first home run of the season, making it 4-2. With one out, Jean Segura doubled, Elian Herrera (starting at 2nd base for the injured Scooter Gennett) followed with a double of his own, scoring Segura, and Ryan Braun singled to center, scoring Herrera, and tying the game back up at 4-4.
The Reds answered with another 4 run inning in the top of the 4th inning. With two outs, Fiers walked Votto to load the bases, and Frazier smacked the second Reds grand slam of the game, pushing the lead back to 4 runs. Fiers finished the 4th inning, but was lifted in favor of Tyler Thornburg to start the 5th. Fiers allowed 8 runs, 4 earned, while striking out 4 and walking 3. He picked up the loss, dropping to 0-3 on the season, and saw his ERA rise to 6.75.
The Reds bats didn’t cool down, however. With one out and Bruce on 3rd base, Brayan Pena singled to center, pushing the lead to 9-4. Zack Cozart came up next and crushed a two run home run to left, to make it 11-4. The Brewers would add another run in the bottom of the 4th inning on a sacrifice fly by Adam Lind to make the score 11-5 after 5 innings. Reds starting pitcher, Jason Marquis, was lifted after 5 innings, allowing 5 runs, all earned, while scattering 9 hits, striking out 8 and not allowing a walk. He recorded the victory to move to 1-1 on the season, but increased his ERA to 7.20.
Votto led off the 6th inning with a solo home run and Marlon Byrd added a sacrifice fly to push the Reds lead to 8. But the Brewers would answer back again. In the Brewers half of the 6th, Schafer and Maldonado both walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Aramis Ramirez, pinch hitting for Thornburg, ripped a single to right field, scoring Schafer. Segura followed with a walk, loading the bases for Herrera who ripped a pitch just inside the right field foul ball for a Brewers grand slam, cutting the lead to 13-10. Herrera matched his total from all of 2014 with 5 RBI.
Neal Cotts was brought on to pitch the 7th for the Brewers and Cozart greeted him with the Reds fifth home run of the night, his second, increasing the lead to 4, 14-10. Cotts surrendered a walk and single before recording the first out of the inning, and was lifted for Jeremy Jeffress. Jeffress walked Frazier to load the bases and Phillips followed with a single to center scoring Devin Mesoraco and Billy Hamilton, and pushing the lead to 16-10.
Jonathan Broxton entered to pitch the 8th inning for the Brewers, retiring the side in order while recording a strikeout. Michael Blazek pitched the 9th inning and also had a three-up, three-down inning. The Reds brought in their closer, Aroldis Chapman, to pitch the bottom of the 9th. He struck out the side, in order, to end the game.
The third game of the series will be tomorrow night as Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 1.50 ERA) faces off against against Johnny Cueto (0-2, 2.14 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm.