That ABV Was Too Strong. Brewers 6, Reds 4.

Sparky. - Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Nobody likes getting their butts kicked by weak beers on a Friday night. It makes for a really painful Saturday morning.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Zack Cozart had a right nice 2 for 4, 2 RBI game that was an official scorer's decision away from being a 2 for 4, 3 RBI, 2B evening, so he gets the nod.

Why?

Because he out RBI'd Brandon Phillips, who went 2 for 4 with just a single RBI.

I just confused myself, but hey, I'm tired and this game just kinda took the stuffing right out of me.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Ryan Ludwick, who went 2 for 3 with a walk in his best game to date since returning from shoulder surgery; Phillips, for being the first individual in written history to get a ball over the head of Carlos Gomez; and Nick Christiani, who tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in his MLB debut.

Homer Bailey was an OK name for a pitcher tonight, too.

Key Plays

  • The Brewers were the first to put the scoreboard operator to work, as they plated a single run in the Top of the 3rd.  Scooter scooted a scooter to CF and he moved to 2B on a sacrifice from Yovani Gallardo.  Norichikaboomchikaboom Aoki then singled to LF, and Scooter scooted around the bases and across the plate.  Reds trailed, 1-0.
  • The Reds took the reigns in the Bottom of the 4th, however.  Brandon Phillips hit a 1-out single to RF, Ryan Ludwick drew a 2-out walk to move Phillips to 2B, and Zack Cozart MVP/GG'd a liner to left-center that scored them both thanks to a slight bobble from Carlos Gomez.  Reds led, 2-1.
  • Khris Dhavis dhestroyed ah Hhomer Bhailey phitch ihn thhe 6hth fhor hhis thhird whanger ohf thhe yhear ohff Rheds phitching.  Unfortunately, some other Brewer was on base from having done something.  Reds trailed, 3-2.
  • Never fear, Reds fans.  Never, ever fear.  The Reds were picked up by their cleanup-hitting 2B in the Bottom of the 6th, as Phillips smoked a liner out to CF to level things.  Game tied, 3-3.
  • Khris Dhavis hhas bheen shent tho damnit nevermind, I'm sick of doing that for a guy who's had 3 separate stints in the minor leagues this season.  He's been in the minor leagues 3 times in 2013, and he's hit 4 HRs off Reds' pitching in 2013.  His 4th was a 2 run doinkjunk off of Alfredo Simon in the Top of the 8th, and before I could even finish being angry about it, Simon allowed another one to Scooter.  Scooter and Khris, Khris and Scooter.  #godlord.  Reds trailed, 6-3.
  • The Reds did their best to mount a rally in the Top of the 8th, and they managed to scrape across another run.  Jay Bruce reached on an infield single, Ryan Ludwick followed with a single up the middle that moved Bruce to 3B, and Zack Cozart looped a soft single into CF to score Bruce. Unfortunately, that was the last of the Reds' scoring chances, and that was that.  Reds lose, 6-4.

Fangraphs Section That Makes Me Wish I'd Asked Someone Else to Write This


Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Nick Christiani made his major league debut this evening and promptly walked the first batter he faced on 4 pitches.  Luckily for him, Aflredo's fauxhawk had already put this game far enough out of reach that nobody except for Grahamophone and angeeh will likely remember it happening at all.
  • So yeah, the Reds are still 8-6 vs. the Brewers this season, but they're just 2-3 against them in the last week, which feels kinda sucky when you look how tight the NL Central is. 
  • Khris and Scooter...seriously?  I mean, seriously?
  • The Cardinals won, because of course they did.
  • Tomorrow features Broyo vs. wee Wily.  The last time the Reds saw Wily, they launched more singles than jch at a Spearmint Rhino.  Let's hope that's the case again.
  • -ManBearPig is currently Weez Coasting with UncleWeez, and they're being quite buttshovelly.  Not quite as buttshovelly as this game, but nearly as buttshovelly.
  • Joey Votto was 0 for 5 with an inadvertent check-swing grounder, a dribbled swinging-bunt that went 4 feet, a ground out he didn't exactly run out, and a strikeout to end the game while batting as the game-tying run.  This may have been the worst game I've ever seen him play.
  • Eh, whatever.  Tunes!
  • One more for the road.
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