I bring this up because the Brewers lost today when Corky Miller hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to break open a close game. It was Miller’s second home run of 2010 and the eleventh of his nine-year major league career. (To be fair, Miller has never been a full time catcher in the big leagues. He appeared in 31 games for Cincinnati this year with 77 plate appearances. Miller appeared in 39 games in 2002 for his most in a major league uniform.)
As they did on Friday night, the Brewers fell behind early against the Reds on Saturday afternoon. Chris Capuano was not sharp and gave up three runs on ten hits in 3.2 innings. He was relieved by Brandon Kintzler, who gave up a controversial home run to Jay Bruce in the fifth inning. The home run put the Brewers in a 4-1 hole. Bruce hit a long fly ball to center field that Lorenzo Cain had a beat on, but a fan appeared to reach over the fence (with his own glove) and hit Cain’s glove and bring the ball with him over the fence. The umpires reviewed the play and determined that it was a home run. Rock rarely argues with the umpires’ calls but he nearly jumped out of the booth over this ruling. It looked like Cain would have caught the ball, but even if he missed it, it would not have left the park. Not that I’m biased.
Milwaukee rallied in the seventh inning when Ryan Braun was hit by a pitch, Prince Fielder walked and Casey McGehee homered to left field. The Reds took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning and essentially clinched it on Miller’s home run off of Todd Coffey. Not that the Brewers didn’t have their chances but they would finish just 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
One more game to go! With his fifth inning double, Ryan Braun stands at 188 hits. He needs just 12 tomorrow to finish the year with 200.
Reds 7, Brewers 4
Game played 10-2-10