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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Brewers Lead John Lamb To The Slaughter

The Milwaukee Brewers had no mercy for the weak on Saturday night to beat the Reds, 9-1.

Jonathan Villar opened the game with a single and Hernan Perez followed with his fifth home run of the season. Then it got worse for Reds' starter John Lamb.

Ryan Braun singled and scored one out later on Chris Carter's double.  Carter scored on Will Middlebrooks single before the Reds ended the inning by cutting the throw to the plate and catching Middlebrooks at second.

Lamb allowed an infield single to Villar in the second inning but in the third the roof fell upon him.

Braun singled but it appeared that Lamb struck out Jonathan Lucroy with a pitch in the dirt but home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott ruled it a foul tip. Bryan Price strenuously objected.  An entire season of frustration erupted when Lucroy used his new life to belt his 12th home run of the season.

The last time the Brewers scored nine runs Lamb was the pitcher.  Lamb set a career-high for runs allowed for the second time this month.  He allowed eight against Washington on July 3.

"He certainly has to pitch better," Bryan Price said. "We're not in an environment where anything goes. It's a competition and he knows that. He works hard but at some point you have to have results.  I believe he has the stuff to get big league hitters out.  He hasn't found himself yet."

Lamb didn't get another out.  Carter walked.  Scooter Gennett singled and Middlebrooks walked to end Lamb's night and Price's as well.  Keyvius Sampson relieved Lamb.  Price soon followed as he was back at the umpire with all he had.  Wolcott ejected Price. It was the Reds' manager's third ejection of the season.

"We (Wolcott and Price) had a disagreement. It's not worth going over," Price said. "There is no way you can expect an umpire to get that call right all the time. It's a non review able call.  We had a disagreement about something else but it was not a case where I looked at the replay and then went out to argue it.  It was something else."

Lucroy told Milwaukee reporters that he missed the ball but nicked the plate and thought he fouled it too.  Then he saw the replay and realized he missed the ball.

Lamb is aware that Homer Bailey is about ready to come back and one pitcher will have to leave the Reds' rotation.

"There are expectations of me and I'm not meeting them," Lamb said.  "I'm not looking in the rear view mirror. I'm coming in and working every day to go out and compete but every day we don't win collectively it is frustrating. It's obvious that at some point I have to execute." 

Sampson struck out Ramon Flores but Brewer's starter, Jimmy Nelson faked a bases loaded bunt and chopped the ball over the charging head of Joey Votto for a two run single. Villar's third hit made in 9-0 with all runs charged to Lamb.

Meanwhile, Nelson kept the Reds off the scoreboard.  Votto had two singles and Jose Peraza, playing in place of the injured Brandon Phillips, had a single.  That was the Reds offense through five innings.

Votto had his third hit and Adam Duvall singled in the sixth inning but the Reds failed to score.

Nelson left the game after eight shutout innings.

Votto doubled off Jacob Barnes for a career-high four hits in a game.  It was the 17th time Votto has had four in a game and raised his season average to .262.  Ivan De Jesus Jr. singled him to third.  Duvall drove in his 64th run to tie Bruce for the team lead.

Votto struck out to end the game and will begin Sunday with a .261 batting average.

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