Reds 13, Braves 8
"I knew it was going to be a high-scoring game with that wind," Dusty Baker said. "This was like a Wrigley Field game."
They didn't put any on Waveland Avenue, but the Reds pounded the Braves 13-8 this afternoon on day when the kept the flag in left field standing at attention.
The Reds scored three in the first off former Red Buddy Carlisle. Jeff Keppinger singled. Junior Griffey doubled. Brandon Phillips got them home with a double. Edwin Encarnacion drove in a Phillips with a single. It went on like that from there.
Jeremy Affledt faced the minimum six in the first two innings. He walked the first two of the third. Both runners ended up scoring.
Phillips hit a home run in the third.
Affeldt struggled in the fourth. Diory Hernandez hit a two-run shot to center that doesn't make the warning tracak on a normal day but the blowing straight out to left.
Still, Affeldt's line was not good: 3 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.
"He's threw the ball good," Baker said. "He's got to throw strikes and eliminate those walks."
Although most of the day was done in the fourth, Affeldt said he did not tire.
"I felt good," he said. "My stuff felt good. It just didn't work out today."
Reds scored three in the fourth on an error, a sac fly and an RBI groundout. Reds scored two more in the fifth -- RBI double from Javy Valentin, RBI groundout by by Jay Bruce, who was back in the lineup after missing five days with a quad strain, albeit at DH.
"He'll play in the field tomorrow," Baker said.