Solo home runs from Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, and Ryan Braun powered the Brewers past the Reds, 3-2, on Tuesday night. It was the Brewers’ first win against the Reds in five games this season. Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer from one knee, which temporarily gave them the lead until Braun’s and Weeks’ bombs.
Marco Estrada was exceptional on the mound for the Brewers, tossing seven innings and allowing only two runs. Estrada had exceptional stuff, often hitting the 92 with his fastball. Though his velocity dropped a bit as the game wore on, Estrada kept hitters off balance with an occasional changeup and a nasty curve. Reds hitters were only able to muster two hits against Estrada, their only other base runners coming from three walks.
Mike Leake pitched effectively for the Reds, but the Brewers managed to scatter seven hits over seven innings. Still, they were not able to muster runs in any way other than the long ball, a sharp contrast with most games early this season.
One element remained consistent, though: Carlos Gomez’ problems on the basepaths continued. He took a huge lead off first base with no outs in the fifth and was promptly picked off by Leake.