Game 45: Brewers 5, Reds 15
The Reds took out their losing-streak frustrations on the Brewers last night with a 15-5 win at Great American Ball Park.
Bronson Arroyo pitched the first seven innings of the game and allowed just one run (earned) on six hits and zero walks.
Working with a 14 run lead, the Reds sent in Mike Burns to test his mettle. He allowed three runs (earned) on two hits and a wild pitch in the eighth. Working with an 11 run lead, the Reds sent in Brian “Ram” Shackelford to test his mettle. He allowed one run (earned) on one hit in the ninth.
If I were in the possession of either mettle, I'd be dreading the return of Kent Mercker.
The Reds scored in four separate innings and kept piling on the runs long past the point it was becoming embarrassing. You can't blame them, though; we know from experience that no lead is insurmountable.
Ken Griffey Jr, Austin Kearns, and Adam Dunn each provided a home run and combined for eight RBI. David Ross went 2-for-5 and provided four RBI all by himself. Every non-pitching starter had a hit and they only left seven runners on.
Score > Team LOB = RHM 🙂
The win brings the Reds' record to 26-19. They continue the series with the Brewers tonight as Elizardo Ramirez faces off against Dana Eveland at 7:10 p.m.
Reds’ run total > Opponent’s run total = HMZ 🙂
I read somewhere that yesterday was only the fourth time that Dunn, Griffey, and Kearns have all homered in the same game. I hope they start making a habit of it.
Mercker’s eligible to come off the DL on Friday. Jerry Narron is chomping at the bit to have him back, which is no surprise, since White and Burns have pitched manure out there since Merck went down. So to Burns and White – may the horse be with you. Welcome back, Kent.
That’s not at all surprising, considering how much time Junior and Kearns have missed.
And how many times Dunn has missed. 😀