Jason Marquis Leads the Cincinnati Reds to 9-6 Win Over the Brewers

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W: Marquis (2-1)

L: Nelson (1-2)

Winning sure does feel good. Even if this one was closer than it should have been.

The last time the Cincinnati Reds saw Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson, he pitched fantastically and looked to be a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing year so far for Milwaukee. Today could not have been more different. The Reds teed off on Nelson, early and often.  Todd Frazier started off the second inning with a lead-off walk and was driven in by a two-run home run from Jay Bruce. The Reds tacked on to their lead with an RBI single by Jason Marquis and an RBI walk by Zack Cozart giving the Reds a 4-0 lead after two innings.

The Brewers were able to get on the board in the third inning with an RBI single by Jean Segura, cutting the Reds’ lead to 4-1. But the Reds had another big inning in the third, taking advantage of three wild pitches in the inning and an RBI by Marlon Byrd giving the Reds a 7-1 lead.

Adam Lind got the Brewers a little closer to the Reds in the sixth inning, driving in Gerardo Parra and making the score 7-2 Reds.

The Reds got it going again in the sixth inning, starting off with a lead-off triple by Cozart (his first of the year). Frazier followed, drawing a walk and stealing his second base of the game. Bruce successfully drove in Cozart with a sac fly, and Brandon Phillips hit an RBI double giving the Reds a commanding 9-2 lead.

But things got dicey in the ninth inning when Burke Badenhop came in to pitch relief for Jason Marquis. Badenhop only lasted a third of an inning, walking the first batter he faced then giving up three hits and a run while only recording one out. Bryan Price decided he had seen enough from Badenhop and uncharacteristically brought in Aroldis Chapman. Chapman immediately hit pinch hitter Hector Gomez, giving up a run, then allowed a single to Jean Segura giving up another two runs. But luckily Chapman settled down, and recorded back to back strike outs and finished the game, giving the Reds the win by a score of 9-6.

Other Notes:

  • Jay Bruce had a 1.000 OBP tonight, homering and walking three times. Bruce also had an RBI sac fly in the sixth inning.
  • Brayan Pena also had a 1.000 OBP tonight, drawing two walks (one intentional), and hitting a single and a double.
  • The Reds announced today that they put Homer Bailey on the 15 Day DL with a sprained ligament in his elbow.
  • Marquis had a quality outing tonight, going eight innings, allowing two runs and collecting three strike outs.

Up Next: The Reds (9-10) play the Brewers (4-16) in the second game of the series on Tuesday, when Reds ace Johnny Cueto (1-2, 1.86 ERA) takes on Kyle Lohse (1-3, 7.94 ERA).

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