Milwaukee at Cincinnati

W: J. Suppan (7-7) L: H. Bailey (0-6)
S: S. Torres (22)
HR: MIL - None   CIN - J. Bruce (11)

Weeks busts out, leads Brewers to series victory over Reds wire reports

CINCINNATI -- Shoves? What shoves?

Struggling leadoff hitter Rickie Weeks matched his career high with four hits Wednesday, and the slumping bottom of the Milwaukee Brewers' batting order chipped in, too, setting up a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that set a lot of things right.

The Brewers took two of three in a series that started with a pair of ugly shoves and concluded with a pair of uplifting wins that showed resiliency.

"We've got guys that don't care about situations that happen on or off the field," Weeks said.

The defining moment of the series happened in the dugout. First baseman Prince Fielder twice shoved pitcher Manny Parra during a 6-3 loss Monday night, when the Brewers had their NL wild-card lead trimmed to a mere half-game over St. Louis. Fielder apologized a day later, and the Brewers were on their best behavior the rest of the way.

They even managed to get some clutch hits, the thing they've missed the most during their recent slide of seven losses in 11 games.

"The doom and gloom that was in here two days ago, and we end up with a 4-2 road trip and again, we're doing fine," manager Ned Yost said.

Jeff Suppan (7-7) handled the Reds' free-swinging lineup for the third time this season, allowing an RBI groundout and a two-run homer by Jay Bruce. Suppan has given up only six earned runs in those three starts against Cincinnati.

Eric Gagne struck out Edwin Encarnacion with two runners aboard to end the eighth. Salomon Torres pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.

The way the Brewers handled themselves in the two wins made those two shoves seem insignificant.

"When you get a team that's a little more experienced, you're able to understand the situations, confront them and move on," Suppan said. "You can see that maturity with our team. That's starting to show."

Weeks drove in a pair of runs with his second single off Homer Bailey (0-6), who failed to last six innings for the third start in a row. In those three games, the 22-year-old rookie has allowed 30 hits and 16 runs in 12 1/3 innings

Bailey's fastball had slipped under 90 mph earlier this season, but was back up around 93 consistently and occasionally hit 96 on Wednesday.

"He pitched better," manager Dusty Baker said. "He had his best velocity since I've been here. He walked those (two) guys in the third inning and they scored, but he did throw the ball better."

Weeks had been in a 5-for-29 slump that dropped his average to .223, lowest in the starting lineup aside from Suppan. He singled in each of his first three at-bats, keeping constant pressure on Bailey. Weeks' four singles overall marked the second time in his career that he had a four-hit game.

"Ricky had great at-bats, sparked our offense big-time," Yost said. "I was real proud of Rickie. Rickie got hot this time of year last year, too. Even though there's a lot of people that get on him because they really don't look beyond the day-to-day happenings, Rickie's been swinging the bat very well since the All-Star break."

Slumping center fielder Mike Cameron had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run while batting seventh. Catcher Jason Kendall, who followed him in the order, broke the game open when he came to bat with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Kendall hit a comebacker that deflected off Bailey's glove and rolled past second baseman Brandon Phillips into right field for a two-run single.

"It nicked the side of the glove," Bailey said. "It was just out of my reach. If I had to do it over again, I'd watch it and let Brandon field it."

The Brewers need to play well to take advantage of a fortuitous stretch of their schedule. They're three games into a streak of 10 straight against some of the NL's worst teams -- Cincinnati, Washington and San Diego.

Milwaukee was tied with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central on July 26, but got swept by Chicago at home in a four-game showdown last week. When the Brewers lost their opener in Cincinnati, the frustration boiled over in the dugout.


  • Weeks also had four hits on May 21, 2007, at Los Angeles.
  • Since he returned from a stay on the disabled list with a sore elbow, Suppan is 2-1 in four starts.
  • Reds C David Ross snapped an 0-for-17 slump.
  • Bruce extended his hitting streak to 10 games, two shy of his season high.
  • Bailey, a former first-round draft pick, is 4-8 in 17 career starts with a 6.70 ERA.
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Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks (right) shakes off a 5-for-29 slump with a four-hit outing against the Reds.  (AP)
Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks (right) shakes off a 5-for-29 slump with a four-hit outing against the Reds. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Bruce
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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Craig Counsell, SS5000014 .232
Ryan Braun, LF5011031 .300
Prince Fielder, 1B5010012 .279
Corey Hart, RF4120010 .286
Bill Hall, 3B2100213 .228
Mike Cameron, CF4231000 .237
Jason Kendall, C3112111 .244
Jeff Suppan, P1000000 .083
   a- Ray Durham, PH1000001 .283
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
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2B - Ryan Braun (31, Bailey), Prince Fielder (20, Majewski), Mike Cameron (19, Bailey)
SH - Jeff Suppan 2 (8)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (35), Ryan Braun (84), Mike Cameron (47), Jason Kendall 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (14), Ryan Braun (26)
SB - Corey Hart (19, 3rd base off Bailey/Ross), Mike Cameron (10, 2nd base off Bailey/Ross)
Team LOB - 7
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Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 28, Brian Shouse 4, Eric Gagne 1, Salomon Torres 3
Cincinnati Reds
Jolbert Cabrera, SS4120010 .364
Joey Votto, 1B4110002 .277
Jay Bruce, RF4123001 .276
Brandon Phillips, 2B3010101 .271
Adam Dunn, LF4010003 .238
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000013 .245
Corey Patterson, CF4000000 .191
David Ross, C4010010 .229
Homer Bailey, P2000011 .100
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Keppinger, PH1000000 .268
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Javier Valentin, PH1000000 .244
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b-grounded out for Affeldt in the 9th
2B - Jolbert Cabrera (3, Suppan), Jay Bruce (11, Shouse)
3B - Brandon Phillips (6, Suppan)
HR - Jay Bruce (11, Suppan)
RBI - Jay Bruce 3 (32)
SB - Jolbert Cabrera (1, 2nd base off Suppan/Kendall)
Team LOB - 6
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DP - Bruce-Votto, Bruce-Ross
Cincinnati Reds
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 7-4, Gary Majewski 1-2
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 26, Gary Majewski 7, Mike Lincoln 4, Jeremy Affeldt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26602
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jim Wolf