Angry Brewers Take it Out on the Reds


by Andrew Coughlin

The Milwaukee Brewers finished off the series with the Cincinnati Reds in very nice fashion; winning all three games on the road. Excuse me, let me rephrase that. The Brewers exercised some demons on the Reds this past weekend by sweeping them in their own ballpark!

What happened?

The Brewers aren't a dominating road team to begin with. In fact they haven't had the best success on the road for the better part of the season and to take that one step further, they haven't fared well in the Reds' home ballpark since it was built. The Brewers haven't had a sweep in Great American Ball Park since the first year of its existence, eight years ago, in 2003.

The Crew didn't just sweep them either. They put a beat down on the Reds.

The Brewers outscored them 24 - 5, out hit them 30 - 13 and had 10 home runs to their 1. If those offensive numbers are not enough for you, then maybe the pitching can convince everyone that the Brewers dominated this series.

Randy Wolf gave up three runs in seven innings pitched, Yovani Gallardo gave up one run in six innings pitched and Zack Greinke allowed only one as well in seven innings of work. And that was it for runs because the bullpen didn't give up anything....all three games. Wow!

This series sweep is about as good as it can get. The brewers took all three games, on the road, against a division rival, in a park they typically do not play well in against a fairly good team. The Reds are not playoff bound, but they are still a good team despite what their record says. Cincinnati has all but dominated the Brewers the past few seasons. They have been that team within the division that just had Milwaukee's number no matter what the Brewers did.

It was sure nice to see the Brewers capture a series like they did this past weekend and Manager Ron Roenicke believed so as well, "I think so, I think when we get it going, we can get on that roll for a long time and hopefully this is it."

Let us hope so coach.

Side note: Ryan Braun came into the series against the Reds batting .329. He raised his batting average to .336 going 8 for 13, 3 HR, 5 runs and 6 RBI. That's a heck of a series. I would be very surprised if he doesn't win the MVP with how he's been finishing off what has already been a great offensive year.


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