Francisco homers, Brewers beat Reds 6-0
Brewers get first shutout win of season
Brewers left fielder Logan Schafer said getting regular at-bats helps his timing at the plate. Now that he's playing regularly in place of the injured Ryan Braun, Schafer appears to be locked in.
Schafer, making his fifth straight start for Braun in left field, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, and right-hander Yovani Gallardo pitched six shutout innings, lifting Milwaukee to a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
"One of things I've been doing better at is swinging at strikes," said Schafer, who is batting .410 in his past 13 games. "Sounds easy, but it hasn't been for me. It helps to play every day. That comfort level sets in."
Juan Francisco added a two-run homer for the Brewers.
Gallardo (6-6) walked two and struck out five, helping the Brewers (28-39) snap a five-game losing streak to Cincinnati (41-28), which was shut out for the third time this season.
"It was one of those low-energy days that usually don't happen," said Reds manager Dusty Baker, who was celebrating his 64th birthday. "It wasn't our day. That's not the way you want to spend your birthday. If I'd known that was going to happen, I would've tried to get kicked out in the first inning."
One wild pitch by Reds starter Homer Bailey in the second inning resulted in two runs for the Brewers.
Jonathan Lucroy and Schafer singled with one out. Schafer stole second and then raced to third on Bailey's wild pitch, with Lucroy scoring. Schafer came home on Francisco's sacrifice fly moments later, putting Milwaukee ahead 2-0.
"It was a good day offensively," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "When you have six runs on eight hits, it shows when the opportunity was there we did what we needed to do."
Bailey (4-5) gave up six earned runs and eight hits in seven innings, with a walk and four strikeouts.
"I made a couple of mistakes," Bailey said. "It wasn't like they were banging balls off the walls. (Francisco) got a Great American (Ball Park) home run. It looked like it was going foul, it spent a long time in the air and it barely clears the fence. He swings a big bat, and he hit it just good enough."
Catcher Ryan Hanigan had two of the Reds' seven hits.
Gallardo, coming off eight shutout innings in his last start on Monday in Miami, cruised through the first three innings, giving up just two hits and striking out three. An elevated pitch count prevented him from pitching deeper into Saturday's game.
"I had some long innings," said Gallardo, who extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings. "They fouled off some good pitches. The second inning took forever. I'm commanding my fastball on both sides of the plate, which is opening things up for me."
Schafer led off the fifth with a double. On the next pitch, Francisco hit a two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole to make the score 4-0.
It was Francisco's sixth home run this season, his first since a grand slam he hit off Reds reliever J.J. Hoover on May 8, also at Great American Ball Park.
Bailey, meanwhile, struggled with his location throughout most of the afternoon. Schafer's two-run double made the score 6-0 in the sixth. Schafer was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple, but the damage was done.
"He's hitting everything," Roenicke said of Schafer. "He's hot right now, but I never have a problem putting him in there."
Cincinnati had just one baserunner reach second base through six innings against Gallardo.
The Milwaukee bullpen took over from there. Tom Gorzelanny, Donovan Hand and Jim Henderson combined for three shutout innings.
NOTES: Milwaukee was the last remaining team in the major leagues without a shutout. ... Cincinnati was shut out at Great American Ball Park for the first time since Aug. 31, 2011 (3-0 loss to Philadelphia). ... The Reds placed RHP Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow and recalled RHP Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville. ... Reds RHP Johnny Cueto is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day DL on Sunday and start the series finale against the Brewers. ... Milwaukee recalled OF Caleb Gindl from Triple-A Nashville to fill the roster spot vacated by Braun, who was placed on the DL with a right thumb contusion. Gindl made his major-league debut, striking out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. ... Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of the second of consecutive no-hitters thrown by Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer, a feat never duplicated. On June 15, 1938, Vander Meer no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, four days after no-hitting the Boston Braves at Crosley Field.
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