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Friday, August 23, 2013

Brewers Big Eighth Bust Reds

Homer Bailey started for the Reds.  He kept the Brewers quiet for two innings but local kid, Scooter Gennet singled to open the third.  Yovani Gallardo bunted Gennett to second.  Norichika Aoki singled to put the visitors on the scoreboard.

Brandon Phillips singled and Ryan Ludwick walked in the fourth inning.  Zack Cozart hit a line drive into the gap in leftcenter.  Carlos Gomez fumbled the ball, allowing Ludwick to score along with Phillips to put the Reds up 2-1.

Khris Davis hit the first of his two home runs off Bailey in the sixth inning with Aramis Ramirez on base, giving the Brewers the lead back.

Phillips hit a long home run to center to tie the game in the sixth.

Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless seventh inning but was removed for a pinch hitter.

Alfredo Simon walked Ramirez to open the eighth.  Davis struck again with his second two-run home run of the game, his eighth of the year..  One out later, Gennett lined a disputed home run into the first row of seats in righfield.  Dusty Baker asked for a review but the call on the field was confirmed 2:55 later by replay.  Simon gave up a double to pinch hitter Yuniesky Betancourt before Baker brought in Nick Christiani to make his major league debut.

"Homer missed his location a couple times," Dusty Baker said.  "We contemplated sending him out for one more inning.  The last time out he threw 118 pitches and this would have been a lot of pitches back-to-back.  He usually fights you (to stay in the game) but he didn't this time."

Bailey threw 100 pitches in six innings before Baker removed Bailey from the game after the sixth.  He pitched four innings allowing six hits and three runs.  He walked two and struck out five.

"Physically, I felt fine," Bailey said.  "I cruised through four innings.  One of the mistakes I made ended up costing me.  We got Davis out a couple times going inside.  Well, one time he walked on a checked swing that was a questionable call to say the least.  I decided to stick with the plan.  I should have done a better job of mixing up pitches.  It is probably my fault.  I'll know for next time."

Simon made his 10th appearance for August.  Coming into the game, Simon pitched 11-1/3 innings for the month, allowing two earned runs for a 1.59 ERA.  The Reds have played 20 games in August with three days off.

"It was uncharacteristic of Simon," Baker said.  "It may be a sign of fatigue.  It may be a sign of the guy over there.  Davis has some pop in his bat.  He's one of the best young players to come into the league."

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