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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Brewers Beat The White and Blue Out Of Reds

The Milwaukee Brewers fifth inning Fourth of July Parade broke open a 1-1 game and sent the Reds to glory in a 7-3 rout.

The inning took several unusual twists and turns. It started off innocently, when Gerardo Parra singled to center, his second hit. Jonathan Lucroy struck out. Parra took second when Smith's pickoff attempt sailed past Joey Votto.  Ryan Braun's solid single to center scored Parra.  Braun stole second, then took off for third. Reds' catcher Brayan Pena threw to Frazier, who applied the tag.  Thirdbase umpire Tony Randazzo ruled Braun safe. The Reds challenged the call as the replay was shown on both video boards. The crowd found an angle that appeared to show that Frazier tagged Braun before he reached the bag.  The replay challenge took 4:11 and the call was upheld.  Pena continued to argue out of frustration and homeplate umpire Bill Welke ejected him.

"I got a little heat up," Pena said. "It was clear on the big screen that Frazier tagged him. I asked them how they could miss that call. This game is very emotional. I know the rule (about not arguing a replay) but you don't think of those things. A call can make a difference. You saw what happened. It would have been two outs and nobody on. In my opinion it changed the game."

"I hope I don't get fined for it," Pena continued. "This is America where you can say what you feel. I apologized to my teammates and the fans. I want to be there for my teammates."

Smith completed the walk then hit Carlos Gomez, the fourth batter he hit on the night. The four hit batters tied a Reds' record set by Jake Weimer on July 28, 1907 against the Giants. It was also the last batter Smith was to face on the evening.  Manager Bryan Price brought Ryan Mattheus in and the merry-go-round began.

"It was a struggle in general," Bryan Price said. "They had 11 hits but 23 base runners. That fifth inning just unraveled on us. He wasn't trying to hit anybody, he was just erratic. The ball tailed in on him when he hit Gomez and a couple other times too."

Smith, who made his third Major League start felt he was pitching better until the wheels fell off.

"That can't happen," Smith said. "I was trying to pitch in and the ball got away from me. Before that it was better. I was attacking the zone. I had a lot more first pitch strikes."

Ramirez, Segura and Gennett hit solid singles. Each hit scored a run and left the bases loaded.

Mattheus was called for a balk that allowed Ramirez to trot home. Parra was walked intentionally to reload the bases.  Mattheus walked Lucroy to force in the seventh run.  That was all for Mattheus.  Pedro Villarreal ended the inning by getting Braun to hit a two-hopper to Frazier who stepped on third.

Marlon Byrd got the scoring underway with his 14th home run of the season off Jimmy Nelson in the second inning.

Byrd has a nine-game hitting streak.

Reds' starter Josh Smith, who has shown control problems in his first two starts, hit Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura back-to-back leading off the second inning.  Smith got Scooter Gennett to hit into a double play and struck out Nelson to end the threat.
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Adam Lind hit his 13th home run of the season off Smith in the fourth.

Ivan De Jesus Jr., who entered the game in a double switch when Mattheus came in to pitch, hit his third home run of the season.

Jay Bruce double and Byrd's two-out single closed the gap to 7-3.

Todd Frazier had four hits, including two doubles. His four hits tied a career high.

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