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Reds bullpen folds again, lose extra-innings slugfest 13-7

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star(s) of the Game

Brandon Phillips homered for the 4th straight game, so he's our guy tonight. BBRef is being a turd, so I can't figure out who the last Red to do that was. He added another one in the bottom of the 10th to make it 5 homers in 4 games.

Honorable Mention: Billy Hamilton got on base twice and used his inhuman speed to score both times. Having Billy near the top of the lineup was a risky proposition, but if he can have more nights like tonight, Price looks pretty smart.

Key Plays

  • Billy Hamilton followed the ideal Billy Hamilton script in the first inning and basically manufactured the Reds' first run on his own. He walked to get on base, stole second, stole third, and scored on an error by Jonathan Lucroy. Reds led 1-0.
  • The Reds got to Jimmy Nelson in the bottom of the 2nd too, loading the bases with nobody out. Tucker Barnhart helped Nelson's cause by grounding into a double play (even though the run scored), but Finnegan helped his own cause by driving in a run of his own. Reds led 3-0.
  • In the 3rd, Brandon Phillips hit a donger for the 4th game in a row, and although it was reviewed for interference, the solo shot was upheld. 4-0 Reds.
  • The Brewers got on the board in the 4th inning with a solo shot by roided out monster Ryan Braun. Ho hum, 4-1 Reds.
  • Finnegan got into a jam in the top of the 5th, with Tucker Barnhart's error not helping the proceedings. The bases were loaded with 1 out, and the Reds narrowly missed a double play that would have gotten them out of the inning. A run scored instead, but the Reds still led 4-2.
  • Oh look, another manufactured run for the Reds. Billy got on base again, this time with a single to move Zack Cozart to 3rd. Joey Votto hit a single, Cozart scored from 3rd easily, and Billy Hamilton scored from 1st, because of course he did. Reds led 6-2.
  • The wheels came off for Finnegan in the 6th, as Jonathan Lucroy homered to lead off the inning, and a Phillips error and a homer from Aaron Hill chased Finny from the game. Steve Delabar made his Reds debut to get them out of the jam, but the game got a lot closer. Reds still led 6-5.
  • In the dreaded 8th, JC Ramirez came in for the Reds and started a new bullpen runsgiving streak, serving up a meatball for Aaron Hill's second homer of the game. Tie ballgame, 6-6.
  • Caleb Cotham comes in for the 10th and loads the bases for Aaron Hill, who predictably goes salami to LF. Drew Hayes came in and wasn't much better, allowing two more runs of his own (in addition to one more of Cotham's). 13-6 Brew Crew.
  • Brandon Phillips dingered again in the 10th, but that's all the Reds could muster up. Brewers win 13-7.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Steve Delabar made his Reds debut, and after walking his first batter, retired the next three for a scoreless outing. He's the first Florence Freedom alumnus to pitch for the Reds.
  • Brandon Phillips homered for the 4th straight game. That seems pretty good.
  • Caleb Cotham has officially pumpkined. After throwing 8 scoreless outings to start his season, he's now given up runs in 4 of his last 5, including 3 multi-run outings. His ERA has jumped from 2.84 to 6.48 in the span of a week.
  • Daysball tomorrow on Mother's Day, with John Lamb taking the hill at 1:10. Expect the bats to be pink.