The Reds fired up its new scoreboard and the Milwaukee Brewers showed them how to use it.
The scoreboard was funded by Procter and Gamble. The purpose was to allow 7,500 fans that had limited or no view of the existing scoreboard to see the running score. They would have been happier left in the dark, blissfully ignorant, as the Brewers pounded the Reds 12-1.
Michael Lorenzen had a run of good starts coming into the game with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The rookie was 2-0 in his last three starts with a 1.93 ERA.
The Brewers came into the game winning three consecutive series, including a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Philles in which they hit .364 as a team. They scored 28 runs in those four games.
Milwaukee's hot streak continued while Lorenzen's was curtailed.
The Brewers got off to a fast start when Gerardo Parra led off the game with a home run to rightcenterfield. It was his sixth of the season and the second this season leading off a game. Parra has now started seven games in this fashion for his career.
Milwaukee did not stop there.
Jonathan Lucroy singled. Ryan Braun singled sharply to right sending Lucroy to third. Braun stole secondbase. Adam Lind's ground out scored Lucroy and sent Braun to third.
A heads-up play by Reds' thirdbaseman Todd Frazier limited the damage. Carlos Gomez hit a one-hopper to Frazier who set his feet to throw across the diamond but dove to tag Braun, who strayed too far off the base. Thirdbase umpire James Hoye ruled Braun safe but the Reds successfully challenged the call.
Aramis Ramirez, who announced that 2015 would be his last season, led off the second inning with his 10th home run of the season. It is the 37th he's hit off Cincinnati pitching in his 18th season, including three this year.
Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers kept the Reds' offense quiet over the first seven innings. The Reds managed three singles and Fiers walked one. Fiers finished seven innings and Tyler Cravy pitched a scoreless eighth but a double by Jay Bruce and singles by Skip Schumaker and Eugenio Suarez broke the shutout.
Lorenzen was having trouble throwing strikes in his four innings. He walked two but went to three ball counts on four other batters. Lorenzen was removed after the fourth, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out three and threw 90 pitches.
The Brewers picked on Lorenzen's replacement, Nate Adcock, for two more runs in the fifth. Parra singled and went to second on Adcock's wild pickoff attempt. Lucroy doubled to plate Parra. Carlos Gomez' two-out single gave the Brewers a 5-0 lead
Carlos Contreras pitched a clean sixth but two walks and a hit set the stage for Gomez' grand slam, the first of his career. Gomez set a career high with five runs batted in. Braun doubled in another run in the eighth off Burke Badenhop. The Brewers added two runs in the ninth off Ryan Mattheus.
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