On this Mothers Day Sunday afternoon Reds left fielder Donald Lutz who is the first German player to ever play in the majors with his Mother watching from Germany delivered a gift for her as he connected on his first career homerun in the majors a three run shot in the second inning and with Bronson Arroyo strong start prevails the Reds over the Brewers 5-1 and a series sweep of them. The Reds have now won seven of their last nine games overall.
Arroyo pitched a heck of game going 6 2/3 scoreless innings with allowing five hits, one walk and five strikeouts. With the win Arroyo snaps a 3 game start losing streak for him and also gives the Reds their first quality start in 9 games.
Reds got to Brewers starter Willy Peralta in the second inning. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce hit back to back singles to get it going. Then step to the plate Donald Lutz with a 1-0 count he connected on the pitch and drilled it to rightfield for a three run shot that hit the foul pole and gave the Reds a 3-0 lead
In the fourth inning sloppy defense by the Brewers lead to a run for the Reds. With Votto on third and Phillps at first with one out and Jay Bruce up he grounded into a potential double play ball but a bad throw to first that went into the camera well by Brewers Shortstop Jean Segara allowed Votto to score and give the Redlegs a 4-0 lead at that point.
In the seventh inning Xavier Paul pinch hitting hit a solo home run to right field to up the lead to 5-0. It was the third pinch hit homerun by the Reds this season leads the National League.
Brewers got their first run of the game in the eighth inning via a unearned run against Johnathan Broxton as he threw a wild pitch that allowed a run to score from third.
With the win Reds finish the 6 game homestand at 4-2 and will enjoy a day off tomorrow as they will fly to Miami tomorrow and will begin another lengthy road trip of nine games beginning Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. The Road trip will begin with three in Miami, three in Philadelphia and wrap up with three in New York against the Mets. Reds must improve on their 6-10 road record at the process. Great crowds in the weekend series against the Brewers love seeing a pack GABP.