Brewers 7, Reds 6
When Aroldis Chapman made his major league debut three years
ago, Jonathan Lucroy was the first batter he faced. Chapman struck
him out, and it was the same result each of the next four times
they saw each other.
Not on Friday night. This time, Lucroy got him.
The veteran catcher hit a two-run homer off the All-Star closer
in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a
7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
”It feels good. He has really good stuff, special arm,” Lucroy
said. ”It just feels good to get the win. We kind of had a rough
game throwing the ball. It feels good to get a win
Jean Segura sparked the winning rally when he beat out a leadoff
chopper to shortstop for his third hit. Lucroy then drove a 1-2
pitch to left for his 17th homer, snapping Cincinnati’s five-game
Lucroy clapped his hands as he rounded first base and ditched
his batting helmet before heading into a crowd of teammates
surrounding home plate. It was his first career game-ending
Chapman (3-5) had converted each of his last six save
opportunities. He fanned Lucroy while closing out Thursday night’s
”It’s hard to get his timing down because he throws so hard,”
Lucroy said. ”I was just trying to be on time today and be ready
whenever he threw the ball. You have to be ready. If you are just a
little bit late, you have no chance.”
Chapman did not make himself available to the media after the
”He hung a slider to him and he didn’t miss,” Reds manager
Dusty Baker said.
Todd Frazier had three hits and matched a career high with four
RBIs for Cincinnati, which lost out on an opportunity to leapfrog
St. Louis for second place in the top-heavy NL Central. The Reds
trail division-leading Pittsburgh by 3 1/2 games, and the Cardinals
are three back after a 7-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
With two outs and runners on the corners in the seventh, Frazier
dropped a single right in front of left fielder Khris Davis to give
Cincinnati a 6-5 lead. Frazier also singled in a pair of runs in
the first and belted a solo shot in the fourth for his 12th
”You can’t get them all,” Frazier said. ”Chapman’s still a
really good pitcher. … We’re not worried about it at all.”
Lucroy finished with three hits and three RBIs for Milwaukee,
which had lost three of four. Davis had two hits, including a
two-run double, and John Axford (6-6) pitched a scoreless inning
for the win.
”If you look through the year, Luc comes up with some pretty
amazing at-bats where he’ll keep fouling off and hang in there,
then he’ll hit a line drive somewhere,” Brewers manager Ron
Roenicke said. ”Today, he got the homer. He really does put
together some really nice at-bats.”
The Brewers played without All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez,
who is day to day with a sprained right knee after making a leaping
catch at the wall during Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to Cincinnati.
He had an MRI on Friday that confirmed the injury, and was using
crutches to move around Milwaukee’s clubhouse before the game.
Milwaukee scored three times in the third to take a 4-2 lead,
but Frazier’s leadoff drive got Cincinnati within one and Chris
Heisey put the Reds in front again when he connected in the fifth.
Heisey’s sixth homer came after Shin-Soo Choo reached on a leadoff
Segura tied it with an RBI single against Alfredo Simon in the
sixth, and then got the Brewers started in the ninth. The speedy
Segura leads the NL with 148 hits.
The battle of the bullpens came after each starter
Brewers left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was charged with five runs
and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. He was coming off his best start of
the season, an impressive seven-inning effort in a 10-0 victory at
Seattle last Saturday.
”I was missing spots a little bit,” Gorzelanny said. ”I had
to try to fight myself to try to make good pitches.”
Reds righty Mike Leake wasn’t much better, allowing four runs
and nine hits in five innings. He is winless in his last four
NOTES: Reds RHP J.J. Hoover got two outs to extend his scoreless
streak to 22 games and 25 1-3 innings. … Roenicke said he talked
to suspended slugger Ryan Braun on Friday. Roenicke said part of
the discussion involved whether Braun would speak publicly in the
aftermath of his 65-game ban by Major League Baseball, but the
manager kept most of the phone conversation to himself. ”He’s in a
good frame of mind,” Roenicke said. … The Brewers recalled Sean
Halton from Triple-A Nashville and optioned RHP Alfredo Figaro to
their top farm club. Halton can play first base and the corner
outfield spots. … Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo will come off the
disabled list to start Saturday against Cincinnati. Gallardo (8-9,
4.91 ERA), who had been sidelined by a strained left hamstring,
will be opposed by RHP Mat Latos (12-3, 3.04).
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