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Zack Greinke knocks the Reds down, but John Axford lets ‘em back up

May 9, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

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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.

That’s because Johnny Cueto pitched seven shutout innings himself and had better help from his bullpen and the Fates. The Reds beat the Brewers 2-1.

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:

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.

  1. contraryguy - May 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Between the two pitching staffs. 21 Ks, 3 walks. That’s the game in a nutshell. Shame it was a day game; would have been nice to see that battle in prime time.

    • 18thstreet - May 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Am I alone as a baseball fan in NOT liking pitchers’ duels?

      Strikeouts are fascist.

    • dwightclay15 - May 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      If game were played in prime time, there probably would have been fewer strikeouts….any light coming in from the windows on the west side of Miller Park makes it difficult fr the hitters to see.

  2. skerney - May 9, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Thats the ol’ Matt Cain treatment.

  3. erk877 - May 10, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Had Greinke, Chapman, Axford, and Marshall going for my fantasy team.

  4. Reggie's Bush - May 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I know no one cares about anyone else’s fantasy teams but just to 1 up erk877

    I had Grienke, Cueto & Chapman going yesterday

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