National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Cincinnati|
(Wednesday, September 26th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 8, Cincinnati 1
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Norichika Aoki went 3-for-4 with a solo
homer, two RBI and two runs scored as Milwaukee kept its playoff hopes alive
with an 8-1 win over Cincinnati.
The race for the final wild card spot in the National League got a little
tighter with Milwaukee's win and St. Louis losing to Houston. The Cardinals
lead the Brewers and the Dodgers, who also won on Wednesday, by 3 1/2 games.
However, both Milwaukee and Los Angeles do have a game in hand on St. Louis.
Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run while Jonathan Lucroy homered, scored twice
and had three hits for the Brewers, who had dropped three of four coming into
"You never know what can happen," said Lucroy. "All we can do is go out and
play hard every day and take care of our business. It might not work out, but
we have to keep playing hard till the end."
Shaun Marcum (6-4) gave up just one run on four hits with three walks and
seven strikeouts over six innings to win for the first time since June 8, a
span of seven starts. He spent two months on the disabled list with tightness
in his right elbow.
Joey Votto drove in the lone run of the game for the Reds, who had won six of
eight. Bronson Arroyo (12-9) was touched for four runs on eight hits over six
innings to drop his second straight decision.
"Marcum kept our guys off-balance all night out there," said Reds interim
manager Chris Speier. "We just couldn't get anything going offensively against
them and they did. They swung the bats real good over there."
Cincinnati fell a game behind Washington for the best record in the majors as
the Nationals beat the Phillies on Wednesday.
The Reds struck in the first inning as Zack Cozart beat out an infield single
with one out and Votto followed with a double high off the wall in left for a
Milwaukee took the lead with a two-out rally in the third. Aoki tied the game
with a swing of the bat on his 10th home run of the season. Rickie Weeks then
singled and Braun followed with a double. Consecutive singles from Aramis
Ramirez and Corey Hart each scored a run for a 3-1 advantage.
Cincinnati left men on first and second in the third then loaded the bases in
the fifth, but it was with two outs and Scott Rolen struck out to end the
The Brewers added a run in the sixth. Lucroy hit a ground-rule double to start
the inning, moved to third on a Logan Schafer groundout and crossed the plate
on Jeff Bianchi's sacrifice fly for a 4-1 lead.
Braun's two-run homer, his NL-leading 41st of the year, in the seventh off
Logan Ondrusek made it a 6-1 contest.
Milwaukee plated another run in the eighth when Aoki's double scored Jeff
Bianchi, who led off with a walk, and made it an 8-1 game in the ninth on
Lucroy's solo homer.
Despite the loss, Cincinnati leads the season series, 8-6 ... The Reds left
nine men on base as they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position ...
Milwaukee also stranded nine, but hit 3-for-12 with RISP ... Marcum is 1-1 in
four starts against the Reds ... Arroyo fell to 13-10 in 29 games against the
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