No sweep.

The Reds had to settle for a 2-1 start to the 10-game road trip after they dropped a 9-3 game to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Although he wouldn’t use it as a cop out, Micah Owings seemed rusty — especially early on. He threw 89 pitches in five-plus innings with 47 strikes/42 balls. Owings gave up four earned runs and five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He was up to 60 pitches through three innings.

Owings quotes:

“I felt like as the game went on I got a little sharper. Definitely wasn’t results you’d like to get. There are a couple of things I can work on going into the next one and get ready to go.”


“The last thing I’m going to do is make some excuses. I felt pretty good. I felt like we were right there in the game. That’s all we can ask for.”

It was a 3-3 game after Chris Dickerson’s first homer, a two-run shot. But the Brewers pulled away. It was an off night for reliever Jared Burton, who gave up four runs and three hits, including Rickie Weeks’ two-run homer in the four-run Brewers sixth

“I’m just having trouble with the feel of some of my pitches right now,” Burton said. “I’m in one of those funks everyone goes through unfortunately and I look at my stuff on film and it’s just not there right now. I’m not finishing my pitches which is what happens when you’re feeling for everything instead of trusting your stuff and letting it go. The results aren’t there right now.”

Offensively: Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce combined to go 0-for-11.

On the positive side, Alex Gonzalez finally snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a RBI double to right-center field in the fifth, which got the Reds on the scoreboard vs. Braden Looper.

“Nobody is real happy about that right now because we had a chance to sweep,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Now we have to go to Houston and start a new winning streak.”

OK, Baker is expectedly unhappy. How do you feel about the Reds taking two of three in Milwaukee?

Up next after the Thursday off day, Houston.


Obviously I am not pleased with the loss, particularly the offense from Votto, Phillips, and Bruce, and the pitching from Burton, but I feel like the way the Reds played during the 3-game win streak showed that they have some potential to hopefully bring them to the top of the division.

By the way, has the minor league season started yet? I’m curious how Homer Bailey and Johnny Gomes are playing.

Homer has gotten lit up in his first two starts. He has an ERA in the double digits and was ejected in the third inning of his last start for plunking a batter after giving up back to back home runs. Not so good so far. Gomes has been OK. He’s not tearing the cover off the ball, but he gets a hit pretty much every game. He even hit a triple last night scoring two.

Not sure why Owings wasn’t used in a relief role after he was skipped on that rainout. It would have been nice for him to experience some game action before yesterday.

Redleg Nation reports that AGON’s lateral movement is looking very poor. Again, why is he the everyday shortstop if he is struggling at the plate and in the field?

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