In a game they needed to win over the Brewers to get a series victory that was pretty paramount, the Reds didn’t wait around for one guy to pick them up and carry the load.
Sunday’s 13-4 pounding of Milwaukee at Miller Park showed what a Reds offense with all of its components is capable of doing. Besides achieving season highs for both runs and the 19 hits in this game, all eight position players had at least one hit and six players had at least two. Ten different players scored a run.
There was only one walk for the Reds lineup, from Joey Votto in the eighth, and even that produced a run, since the bases were loaded.
Facing Marco Estrada, the Major League leader in home runs allowed, the Reds pounced for a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Billy Hamilton started the game by hitting a 1-2 pitch for a homer to right field, giving him long balls on consecutive at-bats after one Saturday, and four overall. Votto hit a one-out single, then Brandon Phillips connected for his fifth homer, a two-run shot to left-center field.
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