Tuesday’s contest at Miller Park featured seven home runs, including three grand slams, but once the dust finally settled the Reds had come away with a 16-10 victory over the Brewers.
Jason Marquis (1-1) managed to get the win despite allowing five runs in five innings of nine hits as his ERA spiked to 7.20 on the season. That’s because Mike Fiers (0-3) gave up eight runs (four earned) on just six hits in four innings of work. Anyone on the mound from the third inning through the seventh entered at their own risk as each team used six pitchers with half of them allowing at least one run.
Every player in the Reds (7-7) starting lineup either scored a run of was credited with an RBI. Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, and Zack Cozart combined to drive in 11 of the Reds runs and had five of the 13 hits. Elian Herrera tried his best to bring the Brewers (2-12) back as he drove in five and scored three runs, as he started in place of the injured Scooter Gennett at second.
The first two innings yielded no excitement, but the Brewers had a meltdown with two outs in the third. It started with a single by Joey Votto, then a walk to Frazier, before a throwing error on Jason Rogers loaded the bases and kept the inning alive. That brought up Bruce who hit the first grand slam of the day to quickly give Cincinnati a 4-0 lead. Marquis returned the favor in the bottom of the inning as he allowed a single and then a two-run homer by Martin Maldonado to cut the lead in half. Marquis struck out his counterpart, but gave up three straight hits including two doubles to tie the game at four. It was nearly three straight doubles, but Ryan Braun was thrown out trying to take second.
Brayan Pena and Cozart each singled to start the fourth, but Marquis’ sacrifice bunt attempt erased Pena from the base paths instead. Cozart stole third, but Billy Hamilton missed his opportunity to drive in the go ahead run. Votto drew a walk to load the bases for Frazier who then hit the second grand slam of the game to make it an 8-4 contest. Marquis managed to escape runners on the corners with no outs with an infield pop out and two strike outs to end the fourth.
Tyler Thornburg came on in relief of Fiers and quickly walked Bruce who stole second, then moved to third on a balk before Pena drove him home with an RBI single. Pena came in to score on a two-run blast off the bat of Cozart and the Reds claimed an 11-4 lead. The Brewers got an RBI sac fly from Adam Lind to make it a seven run game before Marquis was lifted after five.
Cincinnati showed no mercy against Thornburg in his second inning of work as Votto led off the sixth with a homer and then another Rogers’ error got Frazier on the base paths. He came in to score three batters later on a sac fly by Marlon Byrd. J.J. Hoover came on to relieve Marquis and retired the first hitter before walking two then giving up an RBI single to Aramis Ramirez and then walked the bases loaded for Herrera. Burke Badenhop came on to try and shut down the threat, but instead he gave up the games third grand slam and suddenly the Reds lead was 13-10. Braun just missed another homer and Lind hit a line shot to first, but Badenhop managed to escape the inning without any further consequences.
Neal Cotts was called upon to pitch the seventh for Milwaukee and gave up the last home of the game when Cozart launched his second round tripper.Devin Mesoraco made his first appearance since April 12 as he has battled a hip injury. Pinch hitting for Badenhop, Mesoraco drew a walk an then moved to second on a single by Hamilton before he aggressively advanced to third on a sac fly by Votto (Hamilton advanced to second). Jeremy Jeffress came on for Cotts with one out and walked Frazier to load the bases once more. This time Brandon Phillips settled for a two run single to give the Reds some insurance and a 16-10 lead.
Jumbo Diaz worked a scoreless seventh while Jonathan Broxton and Kevin Gregg worked scoreless eighth innings for their respective teams. Michael Blazek gave the Brewers some hope by setting the Reds down in order, but Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to end the wild game.
The Cardinals (8-4) had their rally fall short in the tenth inning in Washington while the Cubs (8-5) helped the Reds move back into third as they rallied for three in the ninth to knock off the Pirates (6-8). Johnny Cueto (0-2, 2.14 ERA) takes the ball for the Reds Wednesday night, but it won’t be easy against Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 1.50 ERA) who has been the lone bright spot in the Brewers rotation. First pitch is set for 8:20 p.m,