Series: Game 2 of 3

Milwaukee leads 2-0 (as of 8/31)

Game 1: Friday, August 30
Milwaukee 9Final
Cincinnati 4
Game 2: Saturday, August 31
Milwaukee 11Final
Cincinnati 2
Game 3: Sunday, September 1
Milwaukee 4Final
Cincinnati 2

Brewers 11

(48-87, 20-46 away)

Reds 2

(66-69, 34-36 home)

    7:10 PM ET, August 31, 2002

    Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    CIN 001000010 2 - -

    W: B. Sheets (9-15)

    L: C. Reitsma (5-10)

    Brewers smack five home runs off Reitsma

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- The last time the Milwaukee Brewers saw Chris Reitsma, he pitched a shutout against them.

    Jorge Fabregas

    Chris Reitsma

    The Brewers made up for that Saturday night with five solo home runs in an 11-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

    "Our chances were not good coming into this game,'' Brewers manager Jerry Royster said. "Our best shot was if Ben (Sheets) kept them down, which he did, and then we explode, which we did.''

    Jorge Fabregas hit two of Milwaukee's five homers, and Alex Sanchez, Ryan Thompson and Matt Stairs also homered off Reitsma (5-10). The last Cincinnati pitcher to allow five home runs in a game was Bret Tomko on June 15, 1999, against the New York Mets. "I didn't feel I had too much arm strength,'' Reitsma said. "That's no excuse. I stunk.''

    Reitsma allowed six runs and 10 hits, walked two and struck out two in 4 1/3 innings.

    Thompson's homer was the most impressive of all, traveling an estimated 447 feet to the stairwell on the second level of the new Great American Ball Park being built beyond the left-field wall of Cinergy Field.

    Thompson was not in the Brewers' original starting lineup, but was inserted when Milwaukee announced just before the game that Mark Loretta had been traded to Houston.

    "Everyday I come in here prepared to play,'' said Thompson, who started the day with 100 at-bats in 49 games. "If I'm not in the lineup, I just try to fill whatever role they have for me as best I can and show everybody I can play ball a little bit.''

    Fabregas' two solo homers gave him his first career multihomer game. Sanchez hit his first career home run.

    "Guys like Stairs and Thompson, you expect that,'' Fabregas said. "Guys like me and Alex, that's kind of unusual.''

    Reitsma said his fastball didn't have its usual velocity, but he didn't know why.

    "Sometimes you just can't explain it,'' Reitsma said. "Today is one of those days when I know I'm better than that. I tried all the tricks I know. They just didn't work for me.''

    Reitsma's shutout July 15 in a 2-0 victory in Milwaukee still is the only complete game by a Reds pitcher this season.

    "He's done a real good job for us this year, so he's just got to put this behind him,'' Reds catcher Kelly Stinnett said.

    Fabregas, who had not homered this season before Saturday night, snuffed out a Cincinnati rally in the fourth when he threw out Aaron Boone, who was trying to steal second with a man on third. The only other rally of any sort by the Reds was when they loaded the bases in the eighth after a throwing error by shortstop Jose Hernandez, but Boone grounded into a force out to end the inning.

    Sheets (9-15) allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked none in 7 1/3 innings. Sheets has won four of his past five starts.

    Richie Sexson singled in a run in the first, Lenny Harris tripled in a run in the sixth and the Brewers added four runs in the eighth, including two on a double by Thompson off the 40-foot batter's eye wall in center.

    Cincinnati's Reggie Taylor hit a solo home run in the third, his eighth.

    Game notes

    The Brewers traded Loretta and cash to Houston for two players to be named. ... The Reds reactivated INF/OF Brandon Larson from the DL. He was hit by a Randy Johnson pitch Aug. 15 and went on the DL the next day with a broken left big toe. ... Ken Griffey Jr. was held out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game after slightly aggravating his right hamstring making a game-ending catch Thursday against St. Louis.

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