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Yes, the shortstop. It was that kind of night.
The Milwaukee Brewers followed Braun's lead and rolled to a 15-3 victory over the Reds on Wednesday, making quick work out of whoever was on the mound.
"Nights like this are fun, kind of few and far-between," said Braun, who had a career-high six RBI. "So you have to enjoy them when they come."
From Milwaukee's standpoint, there was a lot to like.
The Brewers knocked Bronson Arroyo (4-2) out of the game before he could retire a batter in the second. J.J. Hardy also had a three-run homer off the right-hander, who left the game down 9-0. It matched the shortest outing of his career.
"We put together some good at-bats against Bronson up and down the lineup," Braun said. "Guys were really making him throw strikes and putting good swings on them."
Milwaukee's biggest offensive splurge of the season helped Manny Parra (1-4) end his four-game losing streak.
The Brewers topped it off with five runs in the ninth off shortstop Paul Janish, who moved to the mound to save Cincinnati's depleted pitching staff. The bullpen was still recovering from a 14-inning loss in Florida on Monday, and manager Dusty Baker decided to let Janish -- a pitcher at Rice -- take the final inning.
"That's the first time I've done that in my career," Baker said. "It was a process of elimination. It was almost like Little League -- 'Who wants to pitch?"'
Janish hit 92 mph on the radar gun and struck out Hardy to open the inning, then found it tougher going. It didn't take the hitters long to figure him out.
"I threw a couple of changeups in there," Janish said. "I was just running the ball across the plate."
Braun singled home two runs, and Prince Fielder had a two-run homer off Janish, helping Milwaukee finish with a season-high 20 hits. It was Cincinnati's most lopsided loss since a 16-7 drubbing by the Cubs on opening day 2006.
After a slow start, the Brewers have gone 12-3 with solid pitching and an offense that's among the NL leaders in home runs. Their lineup had its way with Arroyo, who was coming off one of his best performances -- eight shutout innings in Pittsburgh on Friday.
This time, he was gone after only 46 pitches.
"This game's bizarre," Arroyo said. "In Pittsburgh, I felt horrible and I didn't give up a run. Today, I thought I'd roll through this game like it was nothing. This was just one of those days."
Hardy's homer made it 5-0 in the first inning, when the Brewers sent eight batters to the plate. Arroyo gave up a pair of singles and a walk that opened the second inning and brought up Braun, who hit a hanging 1-2 pitch to left-center field for a 9-0 lead.
Braun missed a pair of games over the weekend with a sore back. He has five homers in his last 14 games.
Arroyo faced 12 batters overall and retired only two of them -- Rickie Weeks was thrown out at the plate in the first inning. The right-hander gave up seven hits and walked three. The nine runs allowed were one shy of his career high.
|Ryan Braun provides a feel-good moment as he helps Manny Parra (26) earn his first win of the season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||2||2||0||1||1||1||.272|
|Craig Counsell, 3B||6||3||4||1||0||1||1||.340|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Braun, LF||6||2||3||6||0||1||2||.320|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||5||2||2||2||1||1||3||.258|
|Mike Cameron, CF||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.305|
|Chris Duffy, PR-CF||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.100|
|Corey Hart, RF||5||1||1||2||0||1||6||.283|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||1||2||3||1||1||1||.209|
|Jason Kendall, C||2||0||1||1||1||0||0||.215|
|Carlos Corporan, C||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Manny Parra, P||3||1||1||0||0||0||4||.083|
|a- Brad Nelson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jorge Julio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Casey McGehee, PH-3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-grounded into a double play for Parra in the 7th|
|b-singled for Julio in the 9th|
|2B - Rickie Weeks (5, Arroyo), Craig Counsell 2 (5, Cordero, Janish)|
|HR - Ryan Braun (6, Arroyo), Prince Fielder (5, Janish), J.J. Hardy (4, Arroyo)|
|SF - Jason Kendall (3)|
|RBI - Craig Counsell (3), Ryan Braun 6 (24), Prince Fielder 2 (22), Corey Hart 2 (12), J.J. Hardy 3 (15), Jason Kendall (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Craig Counsell (3), Ryan Braun 2 (10), Prince Fielder 2 (10), Corey Hart 2 (9), J.J. Hardy 3 (5)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Counsell-Weeks-Fielder|
|PB - Jason Kendall (2)|
|Manny Parra (W,1-4)||6||8||2||2||4||5||1||4.88|
|Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 119-69, Jorge Julio 18-12, Todd Coffey 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 3-9, Jorge Julio 3-2, Todd Coffey 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Manny Parra 29, Jorge Julio 7, Todd Coffey 3|
|Willy Taveras, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.264|
|Mike Lincoln, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Laynce Nix, PH-CF||2||0||1||1||0||1||0||.353|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B-SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.185|
|Joey Votto, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.370|
|Adam Rosales, 1B-3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.240|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||3||.237|
|Jay Bruce, RF||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.267|
|Darnell McDonald, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.241|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.364|
|Paul Janish, SS-P||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.333|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Danny Herrera, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|b- Chris Dickerson, PH-CF||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||.217|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ramon Hernandez, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.266|
|a-doubled for Lincoln in the 6th|
|b-walked for Herrera in the 4th|
|c-struck out for Cordero in the 8th|
|2B - Laynce Nix (6, Parra)|
|HR - Brandon Phillips (5, Parra), Jay Bruce (7, Julio)|
|RBI - Laynce Nix (4), Brandon Phillips (18), Jay Bruce (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Laynce Nix (2), Brandon Phillips (9), Jay Bruce (7)|
|SB - Willy Taveras (6, 2nd base off Parra/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Jay Bruce 1|
|DP - Lincoln-Janish-Rosales, Janish-B. Phillips-Rosales|
|E - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1, Throwing)|
|Bronson Arroyo (L,4-2)||1||7||9||9||3||0||2||7.15|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 46-24, Danny Herrera 60-35, Mike Lincoln 27-18, David Weathers 13-8, Francisco Cordero 19-12, Paul Janish 35-24|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 1-1, Danny Herrera 4-2, Mike Lincoln 3-2, David Weathers 1-0, Paul Janish 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 12, Danny Herrera 15, Mike Lincoln 7, David Weathers 3, Francisco Cordero 5, Paul Janish 8|
|Attendance - 10982|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Ted Barrett|