The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Mike Cameron. He went 3-3 with 2 solo homers, a double, and a walk. He drove in 3 runs and scored 3 of his own. Dude was the straw in the drink for the Brewers tonight.
- Micah Owings looked a little shaky in his first inning pitching for the Reds, giving up a single to Craig Counsell and a double to Ryan Braun before Prince Fielder hit a sac fly to center to bring a run home.
- The Brewers drew blood again in the 2nd, as Mike Cameron led off the inning with a home run.
- Braden Looper seemed to avoid all the trappings that have befallen the Brewers pitching staff so far this year, facing the minimum through the first 3 innings. Hernandez singled in the 3rd, but was erased on a double play ball off the bat of Alex Gonzalez.
- The Reds mustered their first threat in the 4th, as Taveras singled to left and Votto moved him to 3rd with a single of his own. But Brandon Phillips failed for one of the first times this season as he grounded into a double play to twart the rally.
- Cameron homered again to lead off the bottom of the 4th. Word is that Bob Uecker has a Starbucks gift card with his name on it.
- Gonzo got the Reds on the board in the 5th, plating Hernandez with a double.
- In the 6th inning, after Taveras was plunked by a pitch, Chris Dickeron went happy-go-jacky on a Looper fastball like a donkey eating a waffle to tie the game at 3. That was great while it lasted.
- It wasn't tied for long though, as Fielder chased Owings with a double. Jared Burton came in to walk Cameron and then gave up a double to dastardly Billy Hall. Cameron and Hall then scored on a double by Jason Kendall. And THEN, Rickie Weeks homered to make it 8-3. It was a dark night out there for Jared Burton.
- Cameron drew blood once again in the 7th, doubling to left-center to drive in Fielder, who reached on a wild pitch on strike 3. 9-3 Brewers.
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- Willy Taveras continues to look goood out there, reaching base 3 times.
- Jay Bruce made a pretty nifty diving grab on a liner from Ryan Braun. It's been said many times here and I'll say it again: this outfield defense is waay better than last year's.
- Mark DiFilice pitched 4 innings out of the 'pen in this series for the Brewers, giving up a total of 3 hits and a walk while giving up nary a run. You gotta take your hat off to the guy.
- Hernandez and Gonzalez combined for 3 hits (2 singles for Hernandez and a double for Gonzo). Let's hope both of their ducks are now broken.
- Braden Looper looked solid, going 6 innings and giving up 3 runs while only walking 1. Strangely out of character for a Brewers starter this season.
- Nick Masset didn't look bad, putting in 2 innings of mop-up work and only giving up the 1 run. He struck out 2 though.