With nothing left to play for themselves the Milwaukee Brewers have fully embraced the role of spoiler over the last month. That never-say-die attitude was on full display Sunday afternoon at Miller Park when they overcame a poor start by Yovani Gallardo to score five times in the final three innings. The ninth was especially exciting with Carlos Gomez robbing Jay Bruce of a go-ahead home run at the center-field wall in the top half and rookie Sean Halton belting a one-out walk-off homer off Zach Duke in the bottom half to cap a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. "I've had a couple (walk-offs in the minor leagues) but nothing comes close to this one" said Halton. "Especially against a team that's playing well and in the hunt. We've been playing that spoiler role lately and hopefully we continue that the next couple weeks." Indeed Cincinnati is trying to hold on to the second wild card in the National League and it appeared as though it would skate to victory in the early going. Gallardo coming off five consecutive strong starts following a stint on the disabled list gave up two hits and walked three in a 39-pitch first inning to stake the Reds to a 3-0 lead. Todd Frazier added an RBI single in the third to make it 4-0 and then a solo homer to lead off the sixth that made it 5-1. Gallardo was OK otherwise following that opening frame and made it through six innings. The final line — seven hits five earned runs and three walks to go along with five strikeouts — was ugly however. "His pitches were all over the place" Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don't usually see Yo walking people like that walking guys on four straight pitches. Yo doesn't do that. I don't know what happened the first inning with him." Gallardo who was 3-0 with a 1.35 earned-run average in his five previous starts said his command was nowhere to be found. "Early on I had no clue where the ball was going" he admitted. "You never want to go out there throwing that way. But after throwing 40 pitches or whatever it was I think I was able to settle in a little bit and more than anything get some innings." The Brewers began their comeback in the seventh with a bases-loaded groundout by Halton and then added three more in the eighth despite just one hit.
Gomez, Halton cap Brewers' dramatic 6-5 comeback win over Reds
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Sep 15