Sat. Final: Brewers 9, Reds 5
By Todd Welter
The Brewers broke out of their offensive slump in a big way and Prince Fielder led the charge.
Fielder went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, two singles and two runs as the Brewers topped the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 at Miller Park.
One through eight in the Brewers lineup all registered hits and scored a run as the Brewers exploded on the Reds for 16 hits. Not bad for an offense that produced three or fewer runs in their previous seven games.
"Anytime you got an opportunity to get some runs, you got to take it or else you are not going to have a shot," Fielder said.
The Brewers took advantage of plenty of chances. Ryan Braun hit his ninth homer of the season and Mike Cameron smashed a two-run homer in the fifth that put the Brewers ahead for good. Craig Counsell went 3-for-5 with three singles, a RBI and a run. Corey Hart went 3-for-4 with three singles and a run.
Things did not get off to a good start as starter Dave Bush gave up five runs on seven hits through four innings. The Reds started off the game with some instant offense as they produced three runs in the first inning on a two-run homer by Jerry Hariston, Jr. and a solo blast by Brandon Phillips.
"Bush went out there and put some balls in the middle of the plate and they didn't miss them," Brewers manager Ken Macha thought.
The Brewers answered in the bottom of the frame as Fielder tied the game up with three-run shot to right that may have just landed by now. Bush gave up another run in the second and one more in the fourth as the Reds enjoyed a 5-3 lead on Bush in his shortest start so far this season.
"I just had a real hard time getting the ball where I wanted it to go," Bush said about four inning night on the mound.
That would be the last time the Reds saw a lead as the Brewers erupted on starter Aaron Harang in the fifth inning. The Crew scored six runs on seven hits and batted around in the order. Braun started the run barrage with a one-out solo blast to left. Fielder then singled and Cameron drove him in with his 10th homer of the season. It did not stop there as Hart kept the inning going with a single and he came home on Bill Hall's double by just beating out Laynce Nix's throw to home.
That would be all for Harang as he was pulled for reliever Jarred Burton. Burton did not do much better as Mike Rivera drove in Hall with a double and Craig Counsell eventually got Rivera home with a single.
Harang (5-5) took the loss as he lasted just four and a third of an inning. He was charged with eight runs, 12 hits, walked none and struck out five.
"They did mention at one time he was throwing a lot more fastballs that he had in the past," Macha recounted on what his hitters were telling him. "He did not have real good command of his breaking pitch."
Seth McClung (2-1) got the win as he was part of a bullpen effort that kept the Reds scoreless through the last five innings.