Thames sets franchise-record, Brewers beat Reds 9-1

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames mashed his 11th home run of the year, setting a franchise record for the month of April in a 9-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night.

Thames now leads the majors in home runs, slugging percentage (.929), on-base plus slugging (1.411), and runs scored (25). Having faced steroid accusations for most of his life, Thames joked about the process following the win.

“This whole thing is surprising me, as well,” Thames said of his hot start to the season. “I really have no goals for this year. I wasn’t trying to break any records or set anything. I just wanted to apply what I learned in Korea to see how it would fare here. I’m shocked at all the results.”

“So, yeah, if people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here every day. I have lots of blood and urine.”

But it was more than just Thames who contributed to the win. Hernan Perez hit a pair of RBI triples along with a home run, while Jonathan Villar added four RBIs. Zach Davies was masterful from the mound, throwing five innings of shutout baseball, striking out six Reds batters in the process.

Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana struggled at the plate, going 0-for-4 and 0-for-5, respectively.

The win puts Milwaukee two games out of first place in the National League Central behind the Chicago Cubs.

Thames, Garza lead Brewers past Reds 11-7

MILWAUKEE — Eric Thames increased his home run total to 10, while Matt Garza impressed in his season debut to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 11-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds Monday night.

Thames’ hot April continued early in the game, blasting his ninth and tenth home runs of the year in the first and second innings of the game. He’s now hit seven home runs against the Reds this season in just five games.

But Hernan Perez may have played just as big a role in Milwaukee’s win, bombing a three-run home run at the score board in the first inning. The Brewers are now outscoring opponents in the first inning 22-7. That early run support made Garza’s job easier, striking out four batters during his four innings of work. He allowed just one earned run, but Cincinnati was able to grind out his pitch counts to 93 before his day was over.

Milwaukee is now a half game out of second place in the National League Central with two more games coming against Cincinnati at Miller Park.

Leake dominates as Cardinals beat Brewers in series finale 6-4

MILWAUKEE — Mike Leake not only threw six innings of two-run baseball, but drove in two runs with his bat, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-4 win Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Leake’s two-run single in the fourth inning put St. Louis ahead for good, with Ryan Braun coming up just short of a game-tying home run in the ninth inning. Leake also dominated on the mound, striking out six Milwaukee batters in his six innings of work. He picks up his third win of the year and his ERA dropped to 1.32 on the season.

“It doesn’t feel good, it is kind of like a dagger. It is one of the last things you want to do.”

That was leake’s reaction when asked about getting a hit against opposing pitcher Jimmy Nelson when Nelson got ahead in the count 0-2. Nelson would allow just one more earned run the rest of the way, but the damage had already been done after walking six batters.

The Cardinals got the job done without swinging for the fences. It’s the first time since Apr. 14, 2014 that St. Louis has left Milwaukee without at least one home run during the course of a series.

Cubs strike again in comeback fashion, beat Brewers 7-4

CHICAGO | The Brewers found a way to finish 6-3 on their roadtrip and still feel like they left something on the table. For the second straight day the Chicago Cubs came back to beat the Crew.

Addison Russell hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 9th off Milwaukee closer Neftali Feliz. The Cubs beat the Crew 7-4. Tuesday night the Cubs came back from 5-0 down to win 9-7.

In a game that started 55 minutes late due to a rain delay, the Brewers chased star pitcher Kyle Hendricks from the game after just five innings of work. Hendricks gave up two homers and four walks in the first four innings. That’s the most homers and walks he’s ever given up in a major league start.

Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer in the first off Hendricks in the first inning. Jett Bandy hit a solo shot off Hendricks in the third. But it wasn’t enough as the Brewers bullpen blew it.

Corey Knebel gave up a run in the 8th. Brewers closer Neftali Feliz fell to 0-2 and blew his first save of the year giving up 4 earned runs in the bottom of the 9th including the big blase to Russell.

The Brewers (8-8) start a ten-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday night at Miller Park.

Big bats back Brewers in 4-2 win over Reds

CINCINNATI — The Milwaukee Brewers recorded three home runs on their way to a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds Sunday afternoon at Great American Ballpark.

Milwaukee (7-6) now sits in second place in the National League Central after winning three games in the four-game series with Cincinnati. Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw, and Eric Thames all went yard in the win.

Thames is now tied for the MLB lead with six home runs on the season, while holding the outright lead in OPS (1.376).

“I can’t remember a time in my career where a guy hit five home runs in a single series,” Braun said of Thames. “We’re seeing a really, really impressive hitter starting to emerge.”

Wily Peralta had a solid performance, lasting six innings, while giving up just two earned runs to pick up his third win of the year. He allowed a home run to Eugenio Suarez in the fourth inning.

Brewers can’t slow Reds in 7-5 loss

CINCINNATI — Eric Thames homered twice, but the Milwaukee Brewers still fell to the Cincinnati Reds Saturday afternoon at Great American Ballpark.

The former Korean star now leads Milwaukee with five home runs, but Cincinnati’s bats were hot as well, recording 11 hits in the win. Scooter Gennett drove in two runs against his former team, taking advantage of a bullpen playing from behind. Starter Zach Davies allowed three earned runs on five hits in five innings of work.

Reds starter Brandon Finnegan left after one inning on the mound due to a lat strain. Raisel Iglesias would pick up the win, throwing two innings of one-run ball.

Hernan Perez provided a silver lining for the Brewers, driving in three runs on a first-inning double and a sixth-inning solo blast that held up under umpire review. Perez finished 3-for-4 at the plate.

Brewers extend win streak to four, reach milestone

CINCINNATI — The Milwaukee Brewers used a 4-for-5 day for Manny Pina and a two-run blast from Eric Thames to beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-4 and extend their winning streak to four games.

The run production broke through in the latter portions of the game, with Milwaukee able to push eight runs across the plate in the sixth and seventh innings. Most of that damage came against Blake Wood and Michael Lorenzen, whose respective ERAs rose to 6.75 and 5.14 on the year. The Brewers bullpen, on the other hand, allowed zero earned runs. The only run that scored was Arismendy Alcantara on a throwing error from Hernan Perez.

The victory not only moved Milwaukee up to third place in the National League Central, but put the Brewers (6-5) above .500 for the first time since late in the 2014 season.

Tommy Milone pitched under a bit of early pressure with the Brewers trailing 3-0, but he maintained his composure to throw five innings while striking out three. Those three runs allowed were the only marks against him on the evening.

Brewers win third straight 5-1 over Reds

CINCINNATI | Jimmy Nelson pitched another strong outing, Ryan Braun and Eric Thames homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped Cincinnati’s four-game winning streak beating the Reds 5-1 Thursday night in Cincinnati.

Nelson (1-0) gave up one run and five hits over seven innings, striking out five without a walk. Last week against the Cubs, he threw six solid innings.

At 5-5, the Brewers reached .500 for the first time since they were 5-5 last April 15.

 

The Brewers beat 40-year old Bronson Arroyo (0-2) who was making his first start in Cincinnati since Sept. 28, 2013. Arroyo allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.

Friday night the Brewers send LHP Tommy Milone to the mound. Milone will make his third appearance and second start of the season after taking over for the injured Junior Guerra.

Cubs ride early lead to 7-4 victory over Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Another rough start for Zach Davies led to his second loss of the season, as the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Chicago Cubs 7-4 at Miller Park Sunday afternoon.

Davies allowed a double to Addison Russell, a triple to Jason Heyward, and a home run to Kyle Schwarber to put the Brewers in a 5-0 hole entering the bottom of the second inning. While he finished out the remainder of his five innings allowing just one more hit throughout the day, the Milwaukee offense couldn’t pick up the slack.

Ryan Braun did his best, driving in three on a home run to center field in the third inning to cut the deficit to two. Chicago would open it back up by adding a pair of runs in the seventh inning, which was set up by a throwing error that allowed a base-runner to advance to second.

Jake Arrieta excelled on the mound for Chicago, racking up 10 strikeouts in a seven-inning performance.

After losing their first series against the Cubs, the Brewers will get another shot on the road when they meet Chicago again Apr. 17-19. Milwaukee’s next nine games are on the road and won’t return to Miller Park until Apr. 20.

Cubs bats too much for Brewers in 11-6 defeat

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t keep pace with the 17 hits the Chicago Cubs racked up, evening up the series in an 11-6 loss at Miller Park Saturday night.

Left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone was solid his first time through the Chicago lineup, but eventually allowed every Cubs batter to reach base. He gave up nine hits and four earned runs over four innings. The Cubs may not have hit the ball out of the park, but playing “small ball” worked to their advantage, with five batters logging multi-hit performances.

“We needed more fielders tonight,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “They get credit for putting the ball in play, for sure, they put the ball in play, but they found a lot of holes.”

With Ryan Braun scratched from the lineup with back tightness, the Milwaukee offense struggled to keep pace, striking out 13 times in 34 at-bats. That’s despite home runs from Jonathan Villar, Nick Franklin, and Jett Bandy.

The series concludes from Miller Park Sunday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m.