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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, September 5, 2015

Elian Herrera Takes J.J. Hoover Deep In Brewers' Comeback

An unexpected source of power, jolted the Brewers to a 8-6 win over Cincinnati in the delayed opener of the three-game battle for fourth place.

Herrera's sixth home run into the rightfield bleachers sent the Reds 3 1/2 games into the National League Central Division cellar.

The Reds jumped on Matt Garza in the second inning.  Brandon Phillips walked. Skip Schumaker singled. Eugenio Suarez drove Phillips home with a single to leftcenter.  Tucker Barnhart hit into what looked like an inning ending double play but Jean Segura's throw was wide, allowing Schumaker to score from secondbase.

The Reds added a run in the third. Jay Bruce singled and moved up on a walk to Joey Votto.  Phillips singled to plate Bruce.

John Lamb had fairly easy first three innings but Ryan Braun doubled to open the fourth and he walked Khris Davis to put runners on first and second with no outs but stranded both runners when he struck out Jason Rogers, got Domingo Santana to fly to right and Hernan Perez grounded out.

The Brewers found the plate in the fifth inning. Elian Herrera opened the inning with a double. Garza fouled off a two-strike bunt attempt. Segura dumped a bloop hit off the handle to right.  Bruce threw him out trying to go to second as Herrera scored.

Frazier and Suarez put the Reds up 5-1 in the fifth. Walks to Bruce and Votto started the inning. Phillips infield hit loaded the bases.  Fraziir's sacrifice fly scored Bruce and Suarez delivered Votto with his third hit, a single.  Suarez has three hits in a game for the 12th time.

Lamb's once-a-game bad inning cost him the victory in the fifth. Braun, Rogers, Santana and Hernan Perez all singled to push two runs across.  Pinch hitter Adam Lind tied the game with a pinch hit double to straight away center that Jason Bourgeois nearly caught.  Sam LeCure replaced Lamb and gave up a run scoring single to Segura to give the Brewers the lead.

The Reds evened the score in the seventh. Consecutive singles by Votto, Phillips and Frazier loaded the bases with no outs. The tying run scored when Schumaker rolled into a 4-6-3 double play.

Herrera untied the game with his sixth home run of the season off J.J. Hoover opening the eighth.

Domingo Santana's ninth inning sacrifice fly produced an insurance run after Rogers tripled one out into the ninth.

Francisco Rodriguez had to get past Bruce, Votto and Phillips to earn his 34th save in 35 tries. Votto singled with one out to reach base for the fourth straight time in the game.  Phillips singled to put two on with one out for Frazier. It was Phillips fourth hit and fifth time on base in the game. He has four hits in 12 games in his career. Frazier went down swinging. Schumaker lined to thirdbase to end the threat.

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