Brewers Come Back Again, Split Series With Reds

Brewers 5, Reds 4

Brewers at Reds
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The Brewers came back to earn the win for the second straight game. Ryan Braun hit a solo home run to open the scoring before the Reds build a 4-1 lead in the fourth. The Brewers scored a run in the next four innings, including a home run by Jonathan Lucroy to put the Brewers in the lead in the eighth inning.

Lucroy threw out Billy Hamilton, who had stolen 7 bases without being caught on the season, to end the game as Jeremy Jeffress earned his 8th save of the season.

Junior Guerra made his second start since getting called up by the Brewers. He went up against John Lamb, who was making his second start since coming off the disabled list. Lamb took a no-decision in a loss to the Giants, giving up just 1 run in 6 innings.

Braun came into the game with 31 home runs against the Reds, the most against any team. He hit his 19th home run at Great American Ballpark on Saturday. He hit his 20th with two outs in the first inning of Sunday’s game to put the Brewers up 1-0. That tied Albert Pujols for the second most by a visiting player, trailing Lance Berkman (23).

The Reds put together a two-out rally in the third inning. Ramon Cabrera drew a one-out walk and Lamb bunted him over to second. Tyler Holt tripled to right to drive in Cabrera and scored on a double by Ivan De Jesus. Joey Votto drove in De Jesus with a single to center and the Reds took a 3-1 lead after three innings.

The Reds tacked a run on in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Adam Duvall. The Brewers have once again fallen into a hole, this time by a score of 4-1 after four innings.

Lamb came out of the game after throwing four pitches to Hernan Perez. He had jammed his thumb in the bottom of the fourth when he grounded out to end the inning and was having trouble gripping the ball. It turned out that he sprained his thumb. Steve Delabar came in and Perez hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Brewers scored another run on back-to-back doubles by Braun and Lucroy with one out in the sixth inning, and the Brewers were within one run at 4-3.

The Brewers took advantage of Blake Wood walking the first two batters of the seventh. Alex Presley grounded out to first and runners were at second and third with one out. Jonathan Villar grounded out to shortstop, but a run scored and the Brewers tied the game at 4.

Ross Ohlendorf came in to pitch for the Reds in the eighth inning and Lucroy greeted him with his third home run of the season. Ohlendorf settled down and got the next three hitters, but the Brewers took the lead by a score of 5-4.

Jeffress came in attempting to get his 8th save of the season. He gave up a single to Jordan Pacheco and the Reds put speedster Hamilton in to run for Pacheco. Cabrera lined out to center for the second out. Hot-hitting Zack Cozart pinch hit for Ohlendorf. Hamilton was off and running on the second pitch to Cozart and Lucroy gunned him down to end the inning.

The Reds challenged the call, but it was upheld and the Brewers managed to win the final two games and earn a split in the four-game series.

Injury/Roster News

David Goforth has been sent down to AAA Colorado Springs to make room for Wily Peralta coming off the paternity list.

Record

Games Series
Record for the Week 4-3 1-0-1
Record for the Month 5-3 1-0-1
Record for the Year 13-18 2-6-3

Sausage Race Wins

Sausage Wins
Bratwurst 3
Italian 1
Polish 5
Hot Dog 3
Chorizo 5

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