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Milwaukee at Cincinnati

W: C. Capuano (16-9) L: E. Milton (7-14)
HR: MIL - B. Clark (11), L. Overbay (17), C. Moeller (6), G. Jenkins (21), J. Hardy (6)   CIN - A. Kearns (14), R. Freel (4)

Hardy leads Brewers assault of Reds

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CINCINNATI -- After J.J. Hardy missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, the Milwaukee Brewers thought he would need at least a half-season to regain his stroke.

The rookie shortstop is right on schedule.

Hardy hit his first grand slam as he set career highs with six RBI and four hits, and the Milwaukee Brewers had their best day at the plate in four years as they routed the Cincinnati Reds 14-5 Wednesday.

"It's just one of those things," said Hardy, who raised his overall average to .235. "I'm seeing the ball good and finding holes. The first half was the hardest struggle I've ever had. I'm a lot more comfortable now."

Hardy is hitting .308 since the All-Star break and has five of his six homers and 23 of his 42 RBI since then.

"We said all along that he would probably struggle in the first half and take off in the second half," manager Ned Yost said. "That's what's happened."

Brady Clark, Lyle Overbay, Chad Moeller and Geoff Jenkins also homered for Milwaukee, which scored its most runs since a 15-5 win over Arizona on Oct. 7, 2001. The Brewers tied their season high for home runs after being limited to one run in 10 innings of a 2-1 loss to the Reds on Tuesday.

"I guess we solved our tacking on problem," Yost joked.

Jenkins also singled and doubled, and Clark had three of the Brewers' 17 hits.

Chris Capuano (16-9) won for the third time in four starts, matching his season high with eight strikeouts. He allowed five runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Eric Milton (7-14) gave up two of the homers, raising his total to a major league-high 39, four shy of the career high he set last season.

"Again, I'm not getting it done," Milton said. "It's frustrating. I've been trying to figure it out all year. It's one of those things I can't explain. I'm embarrassing myself. I'd like to just crawl into a hole and forget what's happened."

Milton, who has lost 14 games in one year for the first time since he went 8-14 as a rookie in 1998, allowed six runs and 10 hits in three innings.

"It just really comes back to his command of the baseball," Reds interim manager Jerry Narron said. "He's making a lot of pitches right in the middle of the zone. He needs to be fine with his pitches and hit his spots. When he does that, he gets guys out."

Milwaukee (69-71) has its most wins in three seasons under manager Ned Yost and has 32 road victories, one more than last year. Cincinnati (64-75) was eliminated from contention in the NL Central.

Austin Kearns hit a solo homer in the second for Cincinnati, and Ryan Freel hit a two-run homer in the seventh against Chris Capuano.

Clark hit his sixth leadoff homer of the season and seventh of his career, and Milwaukee made it 5-0 in the second when Hardy hit an RBI double and Overbay followed with a three-run homer. Overbay's homer was his 17th of the season, one more than his total last year, and his first since July 26.

Hardy hit another RBI double in the third, Jenkins had a run-scoring single off Josh Hancock in the fourth, and Moeller homered leading off the sixth for an 8-3 lead.

Jenkins led off the sixth against Chris Booker with his 21st homer, and Hardy hit his slam to the opposite-field in right later in the inning for his sixth homer of the season.

"Those guys have been joking with me about not having any 'opp hop,"' Hardy said. "I think that's my first opposite-field homer in professional baseball."


  • Jenkins's home run was his 10th at Great American Ball Park, breaking a tie with Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, Aramis Ramirez and Sammy Sosa for the most by an opponent at the 3-year-old stadium.
  • The Reds have given up five homers in a game five times on their new home field.
  • The Brewers scored at least one run in each of their first seven innings for the first time in franchise history. They scored at least one run in each of their first six innings on Sept. 30, 1981, against Boston at Milwaukee.
  • Reds RHP Joe Valentine left after getting hit in the back of his right hand by Billy Hall's line drive in the seventh. X-rays were negative, and he is day to day.
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J.J. Hardy hits a grand slam off in the sixth inning off Cincinnati's Chris Booker. (AP)
J.J. Hardy hits a grand slam off in the sixth inning off Cincinnati's Chris Booker. (AP)

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Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4331200 .310
J.J. Hardy, SS6246011 .235
Lyle Overbay, 1B4123120 .273
   a- Prince Fielder, PH-1B1000001 .300
Carlos Lee, LF4220002 .273
    Corey Hart, LF1000000 .191
Geoff Jenkins, RF4132112 .295
    Chris Magruder, PR-RF1000010 .197
Bill Hall, 2B5000112 .267
Wes Helms, 3B4001124 .302
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
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Chad Moeller, C4211102 .204
Chris Capuano, P3320100 .159
    Jeff Cirillo, 3B1000000 .274
a-lined out for Overbay in the 8th
2B - J.J. Hardy 2 (20, Milton, Milton), Carlos Lee (38, Hancock), Geoff Jenkins (37, Milton)
HR - Brady Clark (11, Milton), J.J. Hardy (6, Booker), Lyle Overbay (17, Milton), Geoff Jenkins (21, Booker), Chad Moeller (6, Hancock)
RBI - Brady Clark (43), J.J. Hardy 6 (42), Lyle Overbay 3 (67), Geoff Jenkins 2 (77), Wes Helms (23), Chad Moeller (15)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy 5 (23)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Helms-Hall-Overbay
Milwaukee Brewers
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Wes Obermueller 1100110 4.98
WP - Chris Capuano (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 115-75, Jose Capellan 17-10, Wes Obermueller 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-5, Jose Capellan 2-1, Wes Obermueller 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 29, Jose Capellan 4, Wes Obermueller 5
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, LF4232100 .287
Rich Aurilia, 2B4111113 .267
Felipe Lopez, SS4021001 .282
    Allan Simpson, P0000000 .000
    Jason Standridge, P0000000 .000
Adam Dunn, 1B3000022 .248
    Ray Olmedo, SS1000000 .190
Austin Kearns, RF3111121 .246
Wily Mo Pena, CF4010022 .264
Jason LaRue, C3110011 .263
    Jacob Cruz, 1B1010000 .248
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000012 .230
Eric Milton, P0000000 .160
   a- Chris Denorfia, PH1000010 .000
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
    Randy Keisler, P0000000 .375
   b- Aaron Holbert, PH1000000 .333
    Chris Booker, P0000000 .000
    Joe Valentine, P0000000 .000
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   c- Miguel Perez, PH-C2000002 .000
a-struck out for Milton in the 3rd
b-lined out for Keisler in the 5th
c-flied out for Coffey in the 7th
2B - Ryan Freel (16, Capuano), Rich Aurilia (17, Capuano), Jason LaRue (25, Capuano)
HR - Ryan Freel (4, Capuano), Austin Kearns (14, Capuano)
RBI - Ryan Freel 2 (17), Rich Aurilia (55), Felipe Lopez (68), Austin Kearns (54)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Freel 2 (8), Rich Aurilia (20), Felipe Lopez (28)
CS - Wily Mo Pena (1, 2nd base by Capuano/Moeller)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Ryan Freel 1
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Josh Hancock 1.2422011 4.91
Randy Keisler 0.1000100 7.07
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Pitches-Strikes - Eric Milton 75-46, Josh Hancock 22-15, Randy Keisler 9-3, Chris Booker 42-20, Joe Valentine 23-11, Todd Coffey 2-2, Allan Simpson 20-12, Jason Standridge 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Milton 1-3, Randy Keisler 1-0, Joe Valentine 1-0, Todd Coffey 2-0, Allan Simpson 1-1, Jason Standridge 2-0
Batters Faced - Eric Milton 20, Josh Hancock 9, Randy Keisler 2, Chris Booker 7, Joe Valentine 4, Todd Coffey 2, Allan Simpson 4, Jason Standridge 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15886
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Joe Brinkman, Third Base - Derryl Cousins