MILWAUKEE — When the Milwaukee Brewers signed first baseman Eric Thames to a three-year, $16 million contract, they were simply hoping for production. So far, he’s made that contract look like a bargain.
Thames blasted his 19th home run of the year in Friday night’s 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres, hitting a milestone along the way. His walk-off home run in the 10th inning was the first of his Major League career.
But Thames wasn’t the only one to go yard in Milwaukee’s fourth-straight win. Travis Shaw hit a solo home run in the second inning, followed by Keon Broxton’s three-run dinger in the fourth that erased a 4-0 deficit. Manny Piña would add another solo bomb in the eighth prior to Thames’ game winner.
Milwaukee’s Junior Guerra struggled with command on the mound, walking four batters in six innings of work. That lack of command led to four runs (three earned) scoring for San Diego, including a pair of home runs. The Brewers late-inning relievers shut the door on any comeback attempt for the Padres, with Corey Knebel striking out a pair in his single inning of work. Jared Hughes picked up his third win of the year after pitching a scoreless 10th.
Milwaukee got contributions from all over its roster on Wednesday night to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 and reclaim sole possession of first place in the NL Central.
Starter Jimmy Nelson went six innings for the Brewers, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out six to pick up his fourth win of the year. It wasn’t the dominating effort he’d given the last two times out, but it was good enough.
“Tough to be as sharp as his last outing, for sure, but he battled through it,” manager Craig Counsell said afterwards. “He just competed really well and got through it.”
Nelson turned things over to a bullpen that had been shaky of late, but they were lights out against San Francisco. Jared Hughes, Jacob Barnes and Corey Knebel didn’t allow a hit in their three innings of work while striking out four of the 10 batters they faced.
The offense was a group effort, with six different players driving home a run, including a homer from Domingo Santana in the first inning. After falling behind 3-1, Milwaukee took the lead in the fifth courtesy of a Jesus Aguilar two-out double, which proved to be the winning hit.
The Brewers win and a Chicago loss to Miami allowed the Crew to go one-game up on the Cubs in the NL Central race. They’ll close out their series with the Giants this Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.
The Milwaukee Brewers are in first place in the NL Central.
That’s after they beat the Padres 3-1 last night in San Diego, their eighth win in their last 10 games. It moved them a ½ game up on the Cardinals in the division and pushed them five games over .500 on the year.
Milwaukee won the game in the ninth innings courtesy of a Jett Bandy single to break a 1-1 tie, with the Crew adding an insurance run before closer Corey Knebel came on to finish things off in the bottom of the ninth for his second save of the year.
The game was all about pitching for much of the night, as the two starters – Milwaukee’s Matt Garza and San Diego’s Jhoulys Chacin – each went deep into the contest. Garza made it six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and striking out three. It was his fourth straight quality start and lowered his ERA to 2.43 on the season.
After giving up a run in the first inning, Chacin settled in, finishing with just that one run against him on the night and two hits total, while striking out eight.
Third baseman Travis Shaw paced Milwaukee’s offense with a pair of hits and an RBI in his first game back since injuring a finger in the series finale against the New York Mets on Sunday.
Game No. 4 of the series is this afternoon in San Diego. First pitch is set for 2:40 p.m.
MILWAUKEE | It was a much different game for the Brewers and Red Sox on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park. The first two games of this series featured an interleague slugfest but in the series finale runs were tough to come by as the Red Sox salvaged one game in the series and beat the Brewers 4-1.
The only run scored off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson came on an error. Jesus Aguilar’s blunder in the first inning allowed Mookie Betts to score. Nelson was spectacular giving up no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings and just 4 hits while striking out 8.
Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up just one run on an RBI double by Jonathan Villar in the 6th inning.
The Red Sox had a golden opportunity to score in the top of the 8th with the bases loaded and one down. But Brewers reliever Corey Knebel got back to back strikeouts to end the threat and keep the game tied at 1.
But Boston came through with the big hit in the 9th. With the game still tied at 1, Mookie Betts hit a three-run homer off Brewers reliever Neftali Feliz. That was the difference as the Brewers went quietly in the 9th.
Overall it was another solid series for Milwaukee (18-17) who took two of three from Boston. The Brewers start a three-game series with the New York Mets at Miller Park on Friday night.
Anderson was fantastic in his second-longest outing in his Milwaukee career, mixing and matching his fastball and change up to fluster a Blue Jays lineup that has given pitchers fits in recent years. He gave up just three hits and struck out seven batters on his way to his first win of the year.
“This is the best I’ve seen him,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He just had really good stuff.”
Anderson handed the game over to relievers Corey Knebel and Neftali Feliz, with the latter picking up his third save of the season.
The Brewers didn’t give Anderson much help offensively, but they did just enough. Outfielder Keon Broxton doubled home a run in the second inning, while Villar’s 429-foot homer in the sixth inning provided some breathing room to help Milwaukee get their first back-to-back wins of the year.
Counsell’s club will now head to Cincinnati for a four-game series starting Thursday night.
The Milwaukee Brewers ruined Opening Day in Toronto last night, coming out 4-3 winners against the Blue Jays.
The Crew got another very good outing from Wily Peralta, who picked up his second win of the season by going six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out seven. The veteran also walked four.
His outing was backed by a trio of relievers – Jacob Barnes, Corey Knebel and Neftali Feliz – who didn’t allow a hit in the final three innings. Feliz earned his second save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Milwaukee was paced offensively by Domingo Santana, who had a pair of RBI’s, including a home run in the fifth inning that proved to be all the scoring the Brewers would need.
Outfielder Keon Boxton went 2 for 5 and hit the first home run of his season, while catcher Manny Pina continued his hot start with three hits in four plate appearances to push his batting average to .429 through eight games.
All of the damage Milwaukee did came against starter J.A. Happ, who fell to 0-2 on the year. He gave up the four runs on nine hits, while also striking out eight batters.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Milwaukee, while the Blue Jays fell to 1-5 on the year, the worst start in franchise history.
The second and final game of the quick interleague series is tonight at the Rogers Centre. First pitch is set for 6:07 p.m.