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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Brandon Phillips Homers Again But Brewers Win In 10

 Brandon Phillips homered for the fourth straight game but Aaron Hill homered three times to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 13-7 win over the Reds in 10 innings.

Hill's second career grand slam in the 10th off Caleb Cotham gave him seven RBI for the game.

The blast followed three singles, two of which were infield hits that loaded the bases.

Price would have rather used Tony Cingrani and Blake Wood but they have pitched a lot this week.

 "I didn’t want to use Cotham, who pitched two innings on Friday, but the manager’s options were limited with left-hander Tony Cingrani and right-hander Blake Wood needed rest," Price said.
“I can’t go to the well every day with the same guys,” Price said. “I didn’t want to use Cotham, but I wanted to take one shot with him. It didn’t work out.”

Along with Phillips power the Reds used speed in the person of Billy Hamilton to race to leads of 4-0 and 6-3.

Hamilton walked in the first.  He sped to his sixth stolen base at second. With two outs, Hamilton took off for third base.  Catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw to third surprising thirdbasman, Hernan Perez, who never moved to the bag.  Lucroy's throw went to leftfield and Hamilton scored.

The Reds added two runs in the second.  Jay Bruce doubled. Eugenio Suarez was hit by a pitch. Adam Duvall's single loaded the bases.  Tucker Barnhart grounded into a 4-6-3 double play as Bruce scored.   Starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan singled.  Phillips fifth home run of the season off Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson put the lead at 4-0.

Ryan Braun hit his sixth home run into the upper deck in left to get the Brewers on the board. An error set the Brewers up to score an unearned run int he fifth.

The Reds scored two in the bottom of the fifth using Hamilton's speed.  Zack Cozart singled to open the inning and stole second.  Hamilton singled sharply to right sending Cozart to third.  Hamilton took off for second while Votto drilled a single to left.  Hamilton kept running and scored while Perez' attempt to throw him out fell off the side of his hand. Hamilton had the throw beaten by a larger margin anyway.

The Brewers knocked Finnegan out of the game in the sixth. Lucroy homered.  Philips booted Chris Carter's hard low liner.  Aaron Hill homered to make the score 6-5 and end Finnegan's night.

Finnegan finished with five-plus innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits.

“I didn’t have my best stuff,” Finnegan said. “I tried to battle through with what I had.”

Hill's second home run of the game off J.C. Ramirez tied the game in the eighth.

The Brewers piled on. Jonathan Villar narrowly missed a grand slam that turned into a double with a third run scoring when Cozart threw to third but there was no one there.

Phillips hit his second home run, sixth of the season to cap the scoring. It was his 12th career multi-home run game. 

 “He’s something to watch,” Price said. “He’s been working real hard to stay on the ball. He’s not just hitting mistakes, either. He’s hitting good pitches.”

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