Brewers lose afternoon game to Cincinnati despite Zach Greinke stellar performanceWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers wasted a stellar performance from Zack Greinke this afternoon, when they left the bases loaded in the ninth inning and lost to Cincinnati 2-1 at Miller Park.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers wasted a stellar performance from Zack Greinke this afternoon, when they left the bases loaded in the ninth inning and lost to Cincinnati 2-1 at Miller Park.
Greinke had a two hit shutout going in the eighth, when he was lifted for a pinch hitter to start the inning. The game was still scoreless in the ninth when John Axford gave up two runs on a double by Joey Votto and a single by Brandon Phillips. Ryan Braun led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo homer, and Corey Hart almost tied it with a fly out to the warning track in dead center. With two out, the Brewers kept the game alive with two singles and a walk to load the bases before pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa flied out to left to end it. Greinke struck out 11 and did not walk anyone and the no decision preserves his string of 14 straight home victories. Axford dropped to 0-2 with the loss. But because the game was tied when he came in, Axford preserves his string of 49 straight save conversions, the fourth highest in Major League history. Aroldis Chapman got the win in relief. He’s 3-0. Logan Ondrusek came in to get the final out, and he earned his first save of the year.
It was the 1500th career managerial victory for Reds’ skipper Dusty Baker, as the Reds won their sixth straight series by taking two of three from the Brew Crew. Milwaukee has now lost four straight series, and five of its last seven games. The Brewers are off tomorrow, and will host the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.