Before we blame the bullpen entirely for this loss, remember that Brandon Finnegan gave up five runs in five innings. That said, various relief pitchers reverted to miserable form after a single glorious night of not giving up a run.
You didn’t really think the Reds were going to win four games in a row for the first time since last June?
Finnegan Rakes Brandon FinneganÃ‚Â didn’t have a walk or a hit in 31 at bats in the Kansas City Royals system. But playing for the Reds, he already has five hits, including a 2-out RBI single in the second inning. Finnegan didn’t have as good of a night on the mound. Although he didn’t give up a walk (important improvement) he only struck out one. The Brewers dinged him for three home runs. Finnegan was pitch efficient but only lasted five innings.
BP Milestones Brandon Phillips homered for the fourth consecutive game for the first time in his career. Phillips hit two big numbers today, playing in his 1500th game with the Reds, 1000 of which were with Joey Votto. Phillips added another bomb in the 10th. BP will be sad to see the Brewers pitchers leave town.
Chaos and Havoc Billy Hamilton flashed his speed twice tonight. In the first inning, he created a run by stealing second and third and scoring when the throw went into left field. In the fifth inning, he scored from first base on a Joey Votto single to left center field.
Vote ZackÃ‚Â Zack Cozart had two hits tonight and is now hitting .344/.347/.548 and wRC+ of 129. Add that offense to his Gold Glove defense and we have our National League All-Star shortstop. Time toÃ‚Â Vote Zack. He’s going to be the Reds representative anyhow, might as well make him a starter.
MeltdownÃ‚Â Steve Delabar walked the first batter he faced as a member of the Reds bullpen, so he passed the audition. After that Delabar smartly worked through three outs, hitting 95 mph consistently on his fastball and topping out at 96. He could work his way into the back end of the bullpen. J.C. Ramirez handled the heart of the Brewers lineup 1-2-3 in the 7th but in his second inning of work served up a game-tying home run to Aaron Hill in the 8th. Ross Ohlendorf retired the Brewers in order in the ninth. Caleb Cotham was unlucky before he was ungood.