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Friday, April 14, 2017

Brewers Get To Reds Bullpen Reds Lose Two In A Row

Milwaukee ended a nice streak by Cincinnati relievers with a four-run sixth and seventh inning rally that put the Brewers ahead 10-4.  The Reds lost two consecutive games for the first time this season.

The Reds bullpen had not allowed a run over 20 1 innings when a ground out by Jesus Aguilar scored Manny Pina, who singled for his third hit of the game.  Orlando Arcia followed with a single off Blake Wood.  Wood balked after Eric Thames flew out to right. Jonathan Villar doubled over the head of Patrick Kivlehan to put the Brewers ahead.  Wandy Peralta relieved Wood and Eric Thames hit his third home run of the season and second in two days to give the Brewers the big lead.

 “We had a hit batter, a two-strike hit, another two-strike hit and a two strike home run and they took the momentum right away from us," Wood said.. " Woody looked so good against Santana.  He attacked the zone. I can’t complain about his approach.”

The Brewers broke the game wide open with three more in the seventh against Michael Lorenzen, who struck out Santana to start the inning but he hit Broxton with a pitch that opened the flood gates.  Manny Pina doubled, his fourth hit, on a sinking line drive that Billy Hamilton couldn’t reach. It leaked past Hamilton for a double.  Pinch hitter Nick Franklin hit a tripled and Thames to score Franklin.

Veterans Zack Cozart and Joey Votto homered off Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Tommy Millone to build a 3-0 lead..

Scott Feldman finished a streak of nine straight scoreless innings after three innings.

 “Feldman got his pitch count up but he battled," Bryan Price said.. " That 3-0 lead didn’t feel like it was safe.”

The Brewers got singles from Travis Shaw and Domingo Santana, who were driven home on a double by Keon Broxton.

Eugenio Suarez singled with one out in the second inning and trotted home on a homerun by Cozart.  Votto hit his the next inning with the bases empty.

Feldman pitched out of a bases loaded, high leverage situation, in the fifth.  After back-to-bacl walks to Ryan Braun and Shaw, Feldman got Santana to hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

 “On a night like this the best thing I can take was I kept the team in the game.  I didn’t have good command at all," Feldman said.

Feldman turned the game over to Wood after five innings, allowing two runs on four hits but walking an unacceptable five batters.  He struck out three.

Millone left after five innings in favor of Jhan Marinez.

Cody Reed mopped up with two scoreless frames.  He was unique in getting Pina out.

"It was a good opportunity to get Cody in there," Price said. "In a game like this those are the kind of things you need to take from it. Cody was coming off a perfect three-inning performance.  Alcantara got his first hit. We got Jesse Winker into a game."

JWinker made his Major League debut.  He struck out against Oliver Drake.

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