Little things lead to 16-run barrage
Reds power five homers, but walks, steals key
MILWAUKEE -- The Reds pounded out a season-high 16 runs, blasted five homers -- including a pair of two-out grand slams -- but it was the little things that helped make the difference in a wild 16-10 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night at Miller Park.
"If you can get a walk or capitalize on a mistake by the defense, that's what good teams do, good offenses do," said Zack Cozart, who had two of the Reds' home runs. "That's what we think how we should be, like we were tonight and yesterday. The small things were big tonight. We had the home runs and stuff, but before that, we got guys on base. It might have been an error, might have been a walk, but we had guys on base and we got them in."
The Reds drew six walks, four of which came around to score. They stole two bases, each of which eventually scored. But, the biggest play was taking advantage of a two-out throwing error which, instead of ending the third inning, loaded the bases. Jay Bruce then followed with his fourth career grand slam for a 4-0 lead.
Milwaukee answered with four in the bottom half, but the Reds came back with another four-spot in the fourth on Todd Frazier's grand slam to make it 8-4.
The Brewers, who had scored a total of 10 runs in losing their previous six games, cut the lead to 13-10 with five runs in the sixth, but again the Reds answered with three runs in the seventh.
"I think what impressed me more than anything about our club was to be able to come back and do it again and continue to add on," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Usually when you score 16, you feel like you've got enough, but it was one of those things where we had to keep answering and we had to keep creating that distance."
Cincinnati, which had scored 13 runs in losing five of its six games prior to the Brewers series, banged out nine hits and worked five walks in Monday's 6-1 victory.
"I'm proud of the fact that we're able to work up the pitch counts and draw some walks and get the pitch counts of the starters up to the point where we can get in to the bullpen," Price said. "I really do believe that you win games by getting into that secondary bullpen type of mix, the long guys. Once you see the longer guys coming into the game, the starters are out early. It just bodes well as far as winning games consistently."
Cozart said Miller Park is a good place to get untracked offensively.
"I feel like it carries well here all the time, to be honest," he said. "This was my debut stadium and I just feel like even in batting practice, balls are flying. It's a good park to hit at for sure, I think."