The Brewers lost another close game and their best player, the latest setbacks to an already disheartening season.
Milwaukee put outfielder Ryan Braun on the 15-day disabled list following a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Jay Bruce homered off Burke Badenhop with one out in the 10th, ending a game full of errors and wasted chances.
The Brewers hoped Braun could get back into the lineup on Friday. He’d missed four games while resting a sore right thumb, but went out to take batting practice. The session didn’t go well, leaving Milwaukee with no other choice.
Braun is batting .304 with nine homers and 36 RBIs. He won the NL’s Most Valuable Player award in 2011 and finished second to San Francisco’s Buster Posey last year.
”He went out and swung today, took batting practice and the soreness is still there,” manager Ron Roenicke said. ”This is a move we tried to avoid. After talking to him, I think this is the right way to go.”
The Brewers have gone 7-6 in June following a 6-22 May that left them at the bottom of the NL Central along with the Cubs. Now, they have to get along without their MVP.
First, they have to figure out a way to win in Cincinnati.
The Reds have won 11 of their last 13 against the Brewers at Great American Ball Park, a hitters’ haven that hasn’t suited Milwaukee. The Brewers stranded eight runners in scoring position on Friday, leaving the bases loaded twice.
Bruce connected on a 1-2 pitch from Badenhop (0-3) for his fifth game-ending homer, leaving the Reds 4-7 in extra innings this season. Alfredo Simon (5-2) retired the side in the 10th.
The teams combined for five errors – including a season-high three by Cincinnati. Bronson Arroyo hit Martin Maldonado with the bases loaded to force in a run, and Maldonado homered off him to tie it 3-all in the eighth.
Scooter Gennett, who was born and grew up in the Cincinnati area, had three hits off Arroyo, including his first career homer. His homer landed in the seats in right, and a fan threw the ball back onto the field.
Bruce grabbed the ball and tossed the keepsake into the Milwaukee bullpen. Gennett had it in his locker after the game.
”It’s weird how that works,” Gennett said. ”It’s a great feeling not only hitting the home run, but I’m in Cincinnati and all my family and friends got to see it.”
Logan Schafer also had three hits off Arroyo, who went 7 2-3 innings a day after the Reds depleted their bullpen in a 6-5, 14-inning loss at Wrigley Field.
The Reds scored three times off Kyle Lohse, with two of the runs set up by errors. Shin-Shoo Choo led off the first with a double, advanced and scored from third on Brandon Phillips’ high-hop single over shortstop Jean Segura with the infield drawn in.
”I felt all right,” Lohse said. ”I’ve got to figure something out. It seems like I keep giving up hits in the first inning. Usually I’m pretty good there.”
Zack Cozart and Ryan Hanigan singled in the second, with Hanigan’s hit breaking an 0-for-17 slump. Choo hit a grounder that Gennett charged at second base but couldn’t handle, letting the ball skip off his glove for an error that let Cozart score.
”The whole thing didn’t have a good feel,” Roenicke said. ”There were probably four things we did early in the game and they all went wrong.”
Todd Frazier singled, stole second, advanced on an error by first baseman Yuniesky Betancourt and scored on Jack Hannahan’s sacrifice fly for a 3-2 lead in the sixth.
It was the second straight solid start by Lohse, who has pulled out of a stretch of five losses in seven starts. The Brewers signed Lohse to a three-year, $33 million deal after he went 16-3 for St. Louis last season.
NOTES: The Brewers hadn’t committed an error in their last nine games, a season high. … Segura extended his hitting streak to 10 games. … Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton had an ultrasound on his sore right elbow that found some swelling. He’s day to day. … The Reds topped 1 million fans on their 34th home date, their fastest to the mark in the ballpark’s 11 seasons. … RH Homer Bailey (4-4) starts for the Reds on Saturday against RH Yovani Gallardo (5-6).