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Freel gets four hits as Reds top Brewers

Apr 18, 2007 - 6:16 AM CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Brandon Phillips delivered the clutch blow, but it was a pregame decision by Ryan Freel that may have helped most.

Phillips' two-out RBI single in the seventh inning tied the game and a bases-loaded walk to Alex Gonzalez opened the floodgates as the Cincinnati Reds pulled out an 11-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Freel had four hits and scored three times and Josh Hamilton had two runs and two hits for Cincinnati, which outhit Milwaukee, 15-8.

The Reds had scored just three runs in its last three games but exploded when Freel, who signed a two-year contract extension on Monday, volunteered to move from center field to third base to allow Hamilton to play.

"I loved what (Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron) did with the lineup putting Hamilton second," said Freel, who played third base for the first time since last July. "This guy is going to be just what we need."

"I told Freel during batting practice, 'We're 1-2, me and you. Let's tear it up,'" Hamilton said.

A Rule V pick in December from Tampa Bay who has played just 15 games in the minor leagues over the last four years because of drug-related suspensions, is batting .318 with three homers and seven RBI.

After Freel singled to lead off the seventh against Carlos Villanueva, Hamilton singled off fellow lefthander Brian Shouse (0-1). Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. struck out before Phillips plated Freel with a base hit to left off Greg Aquino.

"Just like Bill Hall finds a way to beat them, Brandon Phillips always finds a way to beat us," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "Aquino's been getting the job done lately but didn't get it done tonight."

Phillips is hitting .402 with 16 RBI against Milwaukee in his two National League seasons.

"We've been struggling a little on offense," Narron said. "I think it was the weather. It was nice to see us break out."

After a wild pitch and an intentional walk to Scott Hatteberg to load the bases, Aquino walked Gonzalez to give the Reds a 6-5 lead.

"Hatteberg's killed us. I liked the matchup with Gonzalez better," Yost said.

Javier Valentin then delivered a bases-loaded single for two RBI and Gonzalez scored on an error by center fielder Hall.

"Our command is off right now," Yost said. "We've been throwing too many pitches over the fat part of the plate. With a club like that you have to be very careful. You can't make mistake after mistake after mistake and come out on the good end of the ballgame."

Mike Stanton (1-0) tossed two hitless innings with three strikeouts to gain the win for the Reds.

Hall had three hits and scored twice for the Brewers. He is a .319 hitter against Cincinnati for his career with 14 home runs and 42 RBI.

Cincinnati starter Matt Belisle, who was excellent in his first two starts, struggled mightily, allowing five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He entered allowing two runs and seven hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in 12 strikeouts in winning his first two starts.

Milwaukee starter Dave Bush, who entered having yielded 13 runs, 14 hits and four homers over seven innings in two starts at Great American Ball Park, yielded four runs and eight hits in five frames.

"Bush didn't have good command but battled through it," Yost said.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MILWAUKEE 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 8 2
    CINCINNATI 2 1 0 0 1 0 5 2 x 11 15 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIL - DAVE BUSH, CARLOS VILLANUEVA (6TH), BRIAN SHOUSE (7TH), GREG
    AQUINO (7TH), ELMER DESSENS (8TH) AND JOHNNY ESTRADA
    CIN - MATT BELISLE, RHEAL CORMIER (6TH), KIR

    Apr 17 10:23 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED KEN GRIFFEY JR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B PHILLIPS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 11 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: S HATTEBERG (.250, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 10:16 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KEN GRIFFEY JR SCORED ADAM DUNN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K GRIFFEY JR ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 10 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B PHILLIPS (.208, 1-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 10:14 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAVIER VALENTIN SCORED BRANDON PHILLIPS AND SCOTT
    HATTEBERG. ERROR BY BILL HALL ALLOWED ALEX GONZALEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, J VALENTIN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: M STANTON (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 17 9:54 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAVIER VALENTIN SCORED BRANDON PHILLIPS AND SCOTT
    HATTEBERG. ERROR BY BILL HALL ALLOWED ALEX GONZALEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, J VALENTIN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: M STANTON (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 9:54 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO ALEX GONZALEZ SCORED JOSH HAMILTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A GONZALEZ ON FIRST, S HATTEBERG ON SECOND,
    B PHILLIPS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VALENTIN (.238, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 17 9:51 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO ALEX GONZALEZ SCORED JOSH HAMILTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A GONZALEZ ON FIRST, S HATTEBERG ON SECOND,
    B PHILLIPS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VALENTIN (.238, 1-FOR-3)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 9:51 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED RYAN FREEL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B PHILLIPS ON FIRST, J HAMILTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: S HATTEBERG (.250, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 17 9:47 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED RYAN FREEL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B PHILLIPS ON FIRST, J HAMILTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: S HATTEBERG (.250, 1-FOR-3)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 9:47 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: G Aquino relieved B Shouse.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, J HAMILTON ON FIRST, R FREEL ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B Phillips (.192, 0-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 17 9:42 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - PITCHING CHANGE
    MIL: GREG AQUINO (0-0, 0.00) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, J HAMILTON ON FIRST, R FREEL ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5, CINCINNATI 4
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B PHILLIPS (.192, 0-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 17 9:42 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: B Shouse relieved C Villanueva.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, R FREEL ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J Hamilton (.300, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 9:33 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - PITCHING CHANGE
    MIL: BRIAN SHOUSE (1-0, 2.08) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, R FREEL ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5, CINCINNATI 4
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J HAMILTON (.300, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 9:33 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MILWAUKEE 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 5 8 1
    CINCINNATI 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 8 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIL - CARLOS VILLANUEVA
    CIN - MIKE STANTON

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: R FREEL (.289, 3-FOR-3, RBI)
    J HAMILTON (.300, 1-FOR-2, BB)
    A DUNN (.333, 0-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 17 9:29 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY RICKIE WEEKS SCORED GEOFF JENKINS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R WEEKS ON FIRST, K MENCH ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    CINCINNATI 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J HARDY (.260, 0-FOR-3)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 9:10 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY ADAM DUNN SCORED RYAN FREEL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A DUNN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 4
    CINCINNATI 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: K GRIFFEY JR (.273, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 8:47 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MILWAUKEE 0 3 1 0 4 6 1
    CINCINNATI 2 1 0 0 3 7 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIL - DAVE BUSH
    CIN - MATT BELISLE

    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J HARDY (.265, 0-FOR-2)
    P FIELDER (.306, 0-FOR-2)
    B HALL (.220, 2-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 8:31 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOHNNY ESTRADA SCORED BILL HALL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J ESTRADA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 4
    CINCINNATI 3 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: G JENKINS (.342, 0-FOR-1)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 8:04 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN FREEL SCORED JAVIER VALENTIN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R FREEL ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 3
    CINCINNATI 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J HAMILTON (.316, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 17 7:54 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN FREEL SCORED JAVIER VALENTIN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R FREEL ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 3
    CINCINNATI 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J HAMILTON (.316, 1-FOR-1)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 7:54 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MILWAUKEE 0 3 3 4 1
    CINCINNATI 2 2 4 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIL - DAVE BUSH
    CIN - MATT BELISLE

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VALENTIN (.222, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    M BELISLE (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    R FREEL (.256, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 17 7:48 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAVE BUSH SCORED KEVIN MENCH AND CRAIG COUNSELL.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D BUSH ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 3
    CINCINNATI 2 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: R WEEKS (.255, 0-FOR-1)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 7:44 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KEVIN MENCH SCORED BILL HALL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K MENCH ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    CINCINNATI 2 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: C COUNSELL (.250, 0 HR, 6 RBI)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 7:41 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY J.J. HARDY ALLOWED JOSH HAMILTON TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B PHILLIPS ON FIRST, K GRIFFEY JR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 0
    CINCINNATI 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: S HATTEBERG (.240, 1 HR, 5 RBI)

    Brewers vs. RedsApr 17 7:27 PM