Cordero makes return to Milwaukee

Cordero makes return to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- As Francisco Cordero emerged from the Reds' bullpen in the ninth inning of Thursday's game, the 25,023 Brewers fans in attendance at Miller Park booed him lustily. The boos only grew louder when his name was announced.

The reception was far from a surprise.

Cordero spurned the Brewers, his former club, over the winter when he signed a contract with Cincinnati for four years and $46 million as a free agent. Last season for Milwaukee, he saved a club record 44 games.

The veteran, who was dealt from Texas to Milwaukee in 2006, was hardly affected by the fan response. After starter Aaron Harang worked eight solid innings, Cordero notched three quick outs for his second save of the season and secured the Reds' 4-1 series-clinching win.

"I was just doing my job. What else can I do?" Cordero said. "I'm not going to argue with the fans. It's never good when you go back out and argue with the fans. They're probably a little bit upset because I left and they want me back, and I'm wearing a different uniform and got the save. I'm OK with that. I'm not mad.

"At the same time, it gave me a little more to get the save."

There were no slouches among Cordero's three outs, as he retired the heart of the order. Prince Fielder popped out to third base on a 96 mph fastball, Ryan Braun looked at 96 and 97 mph fastball strikes before fanning on an 88 mph slider, and Bill Hall grounded out to second base to end the game.

"I have a lot of respect for those guys, some great hitters," Cordero said. "They're pretty good players. It was fun."

In four games for the Reds, Cordero has thrown four scoreless innings. Brewers manager Ned Yost was asked if it was strange to see Cordero enter a game wearing a different uniform?

"No," Yost said. "It's reality."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.