By: Todd Bultman
One day after blowing his first save of the year, Francisco Rodriguez came back to save the final game of the three game series as the Milwaukee Brewers took two of three from the Cincinnati Reds to keep them out of the division cellar for the time being.
The Brewers were led by Ryan Braun who wasted no time putting the Brewers on the board by sending the first pitch he saw over the fence in left for a 1-0 Brewer lead. The Reds came back to tie it up in the top of the second by scoring the only run that Wily Peralta would give up on a single by Brayan Pena that drove in Todd Frazier. Jonathan Lucroy singled in the bottom of the third driving in Martin Maldonado who was getting the start at catcher with Lucroy starting at first, a blast from the past as this combination worked quite well in the second half of last season. Jean Segura tripled in the bottom of the eighth driving in Maldonado, who went 2-3 in his start, and Lucroy brought in Segura with the fourth and final run with a sacrifice fly to make the final 4-1.
Wily Peralta went seven strong giving up just one earned run while striking out six. He gave way to Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress in the eighth and K-Rod avenged his blown save from the night before to shut the door in the ninth.
The Brewers will tale the day off Monday and open up a three game series with the Wild Card leaders in the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Tuesday when they send Jimmy Nelson to the mound against Pittsburgh ace Gerit Cole.