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HITTERS FAIL TO PITCH IN THIS TIME


HITTERS FAIL TO PITCH IN THIS TIME
At least you couldn't blame the starting pitching this time.

The Milwaukee Brewers got an unspectacular but solid effort from left-hander Manny Parra.

But on this occasion, the Brewers couldn't generate enough offense in a 6-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 27,441 at Miller Park.

Milwaukee had just five hits - three of them for extra bases - in falling to 2-6 on the young season.

"I don't think anybody wants to start the way we have," said Brewers first-year manager Ken Macha, whose team is hitting .217.

A night after going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, the Brewers didn't have nearly that many opportunities against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (2-0) and a trio of Cincinnati relievers. And they couldn't capitalize on the few they did have, either, going 1-for-7.

Parra (0-2), following up consecutive ugly showings from Jeff Suppan and Yovani Gallardo, went six innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four.

It was only the third time this season a Brewers starter has gone at least six innings.

"As I said before the game, we need to have our starter get out there and give us six innings anyhow and he certainly did that," Macha said. "Kept us in the game. I thought he pitched better as the game went on."

Relievers Mark DiFelice and Seth McClung tossed scoreless innings before Carlos Villanueva allowed three runs in the ninth.

But that only made hopes of a late Brewers rally even more unrealistic given the way they fared at the plate.

The heart of Milwaukee's lineup - No. 3 hitter Ryan Braun and cleanup man Prince Fielder - combined to go 1-for-8. For the season, Braun is batting .200 and Fielder is at .179.

"We're going to score runs before it's all said and done," Macha said.

The Reds wasted little time going in front against Parra.

In the first inning, he walked left fielder Jerry Hairston Jr., who scored one batter later on first baseman Joey Votto's double into the gap in right.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy's second-inning solo homer into the new Harley-Davidson Deck in left tied the score, but Cincinnati reclaimed the lead - for good - in the third.

Willy Taveras led off with a walk, and Hairston's two-run shot into the Brewers' bullpen made it 3-1. Both of the damaging hits came on changeups Parra wasn't able to locate.

Milwaukee didn't have to wait long for a chance to respond.

The Brewers had the bases loaded with two outs in the third. But Fielder, who was in the same situation in the fourth Monday and grounded out, flew out to shallow left field.

Parra settled down, but it didn't matter because the Brewers couldn't solve Arroyo and his variety of arm angles and offspeed pitches.

After its bases-loaded threat in the third, Milwaukee stranded Mike Cameron at second after a one-out double in the fourth and had right fielder Corey Hart thrown out trying to steal second to end the fifth.

Arroyo departed with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh. But lefty reliever Daniel Herrera got pinch-hitting Rickie Weeks to roll into a double play to end the threat. The Brewers went down in order in the eighth and, after Cincinnati tacked on three in the ninth, could only manage Hardy's one-out double.

"We just haven't really put it together yet," Cameron said.

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Taveras cf 3 1 1 0 2 0 .278 Hairston Jr. lf 3 3 1 2 2 0 .143 Votto 1b 5 0 2 2 0 1 .393 Phillips 2b 4 0 1 1 1 1 .286 Bruce rf 3 0 0 0 2 1 .192 Encarnacion 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .200 Hanigan c 4 1 1 0 0 1 .286 Janish ss 3 0 1 0 0 0 .286 Arroyo p 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Herrera p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Weathers p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - c-Nix ph 1 1 1 1 0 0 .333 Lincoln p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Totals 33 6 8 6 7 6 Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Counsell 2b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .300 Hart rf 2 0 0 0 2 1 .286 Braun lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .200 Fielder 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .179 Hardy ss 4 1 2 1 0 0 .156 Cameron cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .292 Hall 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .286 Kendall c 2 0 0 0 1 0 .095 Parra p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 DiFelice p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - a-B.Nelson ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-Weeks ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267 McClung p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Villanueva p 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Totals 30 1 5 1 4 4 Cincinnati 102 000 003-6 8 1 Milwaukee 010 000 000-1 5 0 a-was announced for DiFelice in the 7th. b-grounded into a double play for B.Nelson in the 7th. c-doubled for Weathers in the 9th.

E - Encarnacion (1).

LOB - Cincinnati 8, Milwaukee 6.

2B - Votto (2), Janish (1), Nix (2), Hardy (1), Cameron (2).

HR - Hairston Jr. (1), off Parra; Hardy (2), off Arroyo.

RBIs - Hairston Jr. 2 (2), Votto 2 (10), Phillips (5), Nix (1), Hardy (6).

SB - Taveras 2 (3).

CS - Hart (1) . S - Janish.

Runners moved up - Taveras, Phillips.

GIDP - Encarnacion, Hart, Weeks.

Runners left in scoring position - Cincinnati 6 (Bruce 2, Arroyo, Votto, Encarnacion 2); Milwaukee 5 (Fielder 2, Kendall, Weeks, Hall).

DP - Cincinnati 2 (Janish, Phillips, Votto), (Phillips, Votto); Milwaukee 1 (Hall, Counsell, Fielder).

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO ERA Arroyo W, 2-0 6.1 4 1 1 4 3 4.38 Herrera H, 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75 Weathers H, 3 .2 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 Lincoln 1 1 0 0 0 0 24.30 Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO ERA Parra L, 0-2 6 3 3 3 4 4 6.97 DiFelice 1 0 0 0 0 1 1.50 McClung 1 1 0 0 2 0 5.14 Villanueva 1 4 3 3 1 1 11.25 Inherited runners-scored - Herrera 2-0.

T - 2:57.

Att. - 27,441.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 16, 2009

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