Cincinnati at Milwaukee

W: A. Harang (3-1) L: D. Davis (0-2)
HR: CIN - B. Phillips (3)   MIL - None

Reds respond to 11-0 beating with one of their own vs. Brew Crew

CBS wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- Coming off an embarrassing loss with a starting pitcher headed to the disabled list, Cincinnati Reds manager Jerry Narron asked Aaron Harang if he could pitch on what was supposed to be a rest day.

"He was ready to go," Narron said. "He said, 'I have no problem pitching on three days' rest.'"

Apparently not.

Harang threw a five-hit shutout to give the Reds an 11-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

But if Harang -- who was pressed into service after scheduled starter Eric Milton injured his knee -- was excited about his second career complete-game shutout, he didn't show it afterward.

"I get excited," Harang said in a casual monotone. "I just don't show a lot of emotion. But I'm happy to get a win, especially against those guys. Tough game yesterday."

After the Brewers hit five home runs in a single inning off Reds pitching in an 11-0 victory Saturday, it was the Brewers pitchers' turn to be embarrassed on Sunday.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis tied a franchise record with nine walks.

"When you're not even around the zone and they don't have to swing, there's no reason to take the bat off their shoulders," Davis said.

For all his wildness, Davis gave up only three runs, thanks in large part to good defensive plays by Billy Hall and Brady Clark.

"He's really struggling to command the baseball right now," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He's struggling to command his fastball and his breaking ball. It's just a little mechanical issue that we'll continue to work on. But he got a little better as the game went on."

Things grew worse for Milwaukee after Davis was relieved, as Justin Lehr gave up five runs in the sixth inning and Derrick Turnbow gave up a three-run homer to hot-hitting Brandon Phillips in the ninth.

In all, 12 Reds drew walks, but Phillips wasn't one of them. When you're swinging the bat this well, he reasoned, why keep it on your shoulder?

"I'll take a three-run homer over a walk," Phillips said.

Phillips was 3-for-6 with four RBI Sunday, bringing him to 17 RBI in his past seven games.

Player of the week? Narron thinks so.

"Brandon Phillips has had an outstanding week," Narron said. "I don't know how many guys are going to have 17 (RBI) in a week."

Harang (3-1) walked two and struck out four to earn his first shutout since 2004. The Brewers fell below .500 after starting the season with five consecutive victories.

"He's always been good against us," Yost said. "Every time he pitches against us, he pitches tough."

Davis (0-2) threw 113 pitches in five innings -- including only 61 for strikes -- in the loss. He gave up three runs and three hits.

The Reds broke the game open in the sixth against Lehr, who loaded the bases, then hit Austin Kearns with a pitch to force in a run. Lehr gave up a three-run double to Edwin Encarnacion and another RBI double to Phillips, giving the Reds a 8-0 lead.

Philips' homer off Turnbow made the score 11-0.

Davis threw 30 pitches in the third inning alone, walking four batters in a row to force in a run and give the Reds a 2-0 lead. But Hall prevented the Reds from having a bigger inning.

Hall, starting at shortstop for the third time this season, snared a sharp line drive from Encarnacion and nearly doubled up Adam Dunn at second base. Hall then went deep in the hole to grab a grounder and throw out Phillips at first to end the inning.

Another good defensive play -- a shoestring catch by Clark on a line drive by Rich Aurilia with runners on second and third -- ended the fourth inning.

Davis almost escaped a jam in the fifth, but a throwing error by Rickie Weeks on a potential double-play ball allowed Kearns to score and give the Reds a 3-0 lead.

Kearns had an RBI single in the first, but was thrown out at second base to end the inning.


  • Milton is scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery Monday morning and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19. RHP Elizardo Ramirez is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start Monday night's game against Washington.
  • Davis' previous high for walks was seven.
  • He matched the franchise mark set by Jaime Cocanower and Everett Stull.
  • The Brewers will honor former Milwaukee Braves player Andy Pafko before Monday night's game against Atlanta.
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Rickie Weeks avoids Brandon Phillips, but the Brewers can't avoid an 11-0 setback.  (AP)
Rickie Weeks avoids Brandon Phillips, but the Brewers can't avoid an 11-0 setback. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Phillips
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1

A. Harang
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 4

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Cincinnati Reds
Quinton McCracken, CF3000220 .154
Felipe Lopez, SS5210106 .276
Rich Aurilia, 1B4310202 .268
Adam Dunn, LF2110410 .258
Austin Kearns, RF2213212 .306
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5213106 .267
Brandon Phillips, 2B6134005 .372
Jason LaRue, C4010101 .200
Aaron Harang, P4000023 .083
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (7, Lehr), Brandon Phillips (5, Lehr), Jason LaRue (1, Davis)
HR - Brandon Phillips (3, Turnbow)
SH - Quinton McCracken (1), Aaron Harang (2)
RBI - Austin Kearns 3 (15), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (17), Brandon Phillips 4 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Kearns (9), Brandon Phillips 3 (9)
SB - Austin Kearns (1, 2nd base off Davis/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 15
DP - F. Lopez-Aurilia, F. Lopez-B. Phillips-Aurilia
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (W,3-1) 9500240 4.55
IBB - D. Miller by Aaron Harang
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 120-75
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 13-8
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 32
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF3000121 .203
Bill Hall, SS4000001 .271
Geoff Jenkins, RF4010001 .247
Carlos Lee, LF4010011 .319
Prince Fielder, 1B4000012 .347
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000001 .276
Corey Koskie, 3B3020000 .313
Damian Miller, C2000101 .318
Doug Davis, P1000003 .000
   a- J.J. Hardy, PH1000000 .270
    Justin Lehr, P0000000 .000
    Chris Demaria, P0000000 .000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
   b- Gabe Gross, PH1010000 .429
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Davis in the 5th
b-singled for Kolb in the 8th
2B - Geoff Jenkins (5, Harang), Corey Koskie (5, Harang)
Team LOB - 5
E - Doug Davis (1, Throwing error by D Davis), Bill Hall (2, ), Rickie Weeks (5, throwing error by weeks)
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis (L,0-2) 5333940 7.66
Justin Lehr 0.1455100 9.00
Chris Demaria 1.2000200 3.86
Dan Kolb 1000110 0.00
Derrick Turnbow 1230011 0.00
IBB - Dunn by Justin Lehr
HBP - Kearns (by Justin Lehr), LaRue (by Chris Demaria), Kearns (by Chris Demaria)
WP - Justin Lehr (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 113-61, Justin Lehr 20-10, Chris Demaria 36-20, Dan Kolb 16-8, Derrick Turnbow 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 8-3, Chris Demaria 2-3, Dan Kolb 1-1, Derrick Turnbow 3-0
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 27, Justin Lehr 7, Chris Demaria 9, Dan Kolb 4, Derrick Turnbow 6
Game Information
Attendance - 29174
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover