Brewers 10, Reds 6
You knew the bullpen was going to give it up sooner or later. The seven runs (six earned) the relievers allowed Monday were one more than they allowed in the previous 12 games.
Todd Coffey, who gave up the grand slam to Bill Hall, was stand up as usual.
“No excuses,” he said. “I dropped the ball – 4-3 game my job is hold it right there. That’s my fault.”
The Reds’ relievers came with a combined ERA of 1.72 – best in the National League. Monday’s bleeding pushed it to 3.05.
The call in the sixth was a bad one. Umpire Larry Ponchino called the infield-fly run on line drive by Jeff Conine with bases loaded.
“I don't know what the actual rule states, but it looked like he was backpedaling and he ended up having to jump for the ball. I thought the infield fly was more like a gimme kind of pop fly,” Conine said. “I was standing on first base thinking, 'cool. I shattered my bat but I got a single out of it.' Then they tell me to go back in the dugout. That's a buzz kill.”
Jerry Narron argued to no avail.
“I disagree with the call,” Narron said. “The ball landed on the outfield grass. The infielder’s jumping for it. I can’t believe he called infield-fly.”
Narron said Josh Hamilton will play tomorrow. Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the ninth -- his homer third in 18 at-bats. I'm no stat freak but I know a 6.0 home run ratio is pretty good.