Final R H E
  Cincinnati Reds (71-78) 5 10 0
  Milwaukee Brewers (77-72) 1 2 1
W: Holmberg (1-1)    L: Gallardo (8-10)
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The evening began poorly for Milwaukee as the game was delayed for 15 minutes due to the long lines produced by the use of metal detectors at the entrance gates. MLB has mandated that all stadiums implement those security measures beginning in 2015. Tonight’s bobble head-induced sell-out crowd of 45K and the new equipment conspired to get the night off to a bad start.

David Holmberg, in his third start for the Reds, held the Brewers to one run over six innings. Holmberg gave up only two hits and two walks, while striking out four. In the first inning, he escaped without surrendering a run despite allowing a walk and hitting two batters. Holmberg was acquired by the Reds in the three-way trade that sent Ryan Hannigan to the Tampa Bay Rays. Holmberg hadn’t performed particularly well for AAA Louisville and in his two previous starts for the Reds he didn’t last long enough to record an at bat. Holmberg did pitch well in his last appearance, filling in for Dylan Axelrod. Axelrod faced one St. Louis hitter last Monday before leaving the game with a strained oblique muscle. Holmberg pitched 5.2 shutout innings.

Sam LeCure (2 IP) and Jumbo Diaz (1 IP) finished off the game with three shutout innings of relief.

After being no-hit for the first three innings (of course), the Reds pushed across two runs in the fourth. Singles by Brayan Peña and Todd Frazier and a walk by Devin Mesoraco loaded the bases. Brandon Phillips then recorded an RBI in the most Votto-ish way, by drawing a walk. (FSO’s camera caught Votto applauding the BB from the top of the dugout steps.) I wonder if the Reds are paying BP to drive in runs that way. Then Jay Bruce hit a sacrifice fly to score Frazier.

The Reds added two more runs in the seventh when Billy Hamilton’s triple drove in Ryan Ludwick and Jason Bourgeois. Mesoraco finished off the scoring by driving in Frazier with a single in the eighth inning.

The Reds are now 8-7 against the Brewers this year.