May 9, 2012, 5:50 PM EST
Zack Greinke pitched eight shutout innings against the Reds this afternoon. He allowed only two hits. He struck out 11. That’ll get you a win most days. But not today.
It was 0-0 entering the ninth when the usually reliable John Axford took over for Greinke, who had thrown 104 pitches to that point. Axford struck out the first two batters he faced, but then:
- Drew Stubbs singled;
- Joey Votto plated Stubbs with a double; and
- Brandon Phillips plated Votto with a single.
Life comes at you fast, man.
Milwaukee got one back with a Ryan Braun homer in the bottom of the ninth, and then threatened big by loading the bases with two out. Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek put out the fire by inducing a fly ball to end the game, however.
A tough luck no-decision for Greinke and a tough luck loss for the Brewers. But in a game this close the same would have been true if it went the other way.
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