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, Shaw power the Brewers past St. Louis 7-5

Eric Thames and Travis Shaw combined for five RBI’s to help the Milwaukee Brewers power their way past the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 Thursday night at Miller Park.

Shaw got the party started in the bottom of the first inning, drilling a 3-run homer into the right field stands that measured 465-feet, the longest deep ball of the year in the Major Leagues. It was the third baseman’s fifth homer of the season.

Later, with St. Louis leading 4-3 in the fifth inning, Thames introduced himself to pitcher Carlos Martinez with a 2-run shot, his MLB-leading eighth home run of the year, to give Milwaukee a lead it would not relinquish.

The duo of Shaw and Thames combined to go 4 of 8 on the night with three runs scored, and Thames upped his batting average to .415 on the year.

Starter Zach Davies (1-2) got his first win of the year by going 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking a pair. He turned things over to a bullpen that held St. Louis to just three hits and one run the rest of the way.

The win snapped a 2-game losing streak and allowed the Brewers to move back above .500 to 9-8 on the season.

It’ll be the same two teams tonight at Miller Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

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.

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.

Matt Garza will start the year on the DL, Brewers set their rotation

The Milwaukee Brewers have set their starting rotation for the first two series of the season, and Matt Garza is not a part of it.

The team announced Thursday afternoon that Garza would start the year on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin. The veteran made six starts in the spring and struggled, leaving Cactus League action with an ERA of 8.59. Garza was scheduled to pitch in Friday’s exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park.

Without Garza, the rotation is set so that Junior Guerra gets the ball on Opening Day against Colorado, followed by Zach Davies, Wily Peralta and Chase Anderson taking the other three games in the series. Jimmy Nelson will start the series opener against the Chicago Cubs next Friday.

Garza started last season on the disabled list and didn’t actually make his season debut until June 14. He finished 6-8 on the year with a 4.51 ERA, allowing just 11 runs over his final six starts of the season.

Zach Davies was sharp in his debut, but Milwaukee lost 6-3 to Kansas City

For the third time in four spring training games, Milwaukee came out on the losing end, the latest a 6-3 loss to Kansas City on Tuesday in Phoenix.

The outcome, though, didn’t take away from a solid day at the plate for centerfielder Keon Broxton, who had a pair of hits and a run scored as the Brewers leadoff man, helping Milwaukee jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. They followed that up with a monster home run from shortstop Yadiel Rivera in the second, but that was the end of the offense until top prospect Lewis Brinson tripled and Manny Pina singled him home in the eighth inning.

Zach Davies made his spring debut for Milwaukee, pitching a scoreless first inning and striking out a pair before giving way to seven relievers, including Hiram Burgos, who got lit up for four runs on six hits in just two innings of work and took the loss.

Milwaukee will face NL Central division rival Cincinnati on Wednesday, with the first pitch coming at 2:05 at the Brewers spring training home in Maryvale, Ariz.

Zach Davies optioned to Triple-A Skysox

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have optioned pitcher Zach Davies to Triple-A Colorado Springs Skysox and recalled fist baseman Andy Wilkins.

Davies led Milwaukee to a 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, but isn’t scheduled to pitch again in the rotation until July 15 due to the All-Star break.

It originally looked like Davies would be using the time off from the majors to get a start in Colorado Spring, but according to general manager David Stearns,  Davies won’t actually take the mound for the Skysox. He can be recalled in 10 days and return to the rotation in time to get his normal start.

Zach Davies struggles as Brewers fall in series finale

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin | Zach Davies has seen better days. The Brewers starting pitcher gave up three homers to three Dodger hitters | Trayce Thompson, Yasmani Grandal, and Corey Seager. The Dodgers beat the Brewers 8-1 on Thursday to take the series.

Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (7-5) held the Brewers to one run over six innings as the Dodgers also won the season series from the Brewers, five games to two.

The strong start by Maeda was needed by the Dodgers, who announced before the game that they were placing ace Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.

In other Brewers news, RHP Taylor Jungmann, who began the season in the starting rotation before being demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs after posting a 0-4 record and an ERA of 9.15 in five starts, has been reassigned to Double-A Biloxi after a period of mental rest. Jungmann also struggled at Colorado Springs, going 1-3 with a 9.87 ERA in eight starts. He was scheduled to start for Biloxi on Thursday at Birmingham.

 

Matt Garza (1-0, 2.81), who recorded his first win of the season on Saturday, will take the mound as Milwaukee opens a three-game series at St. Louis on Friday. Garza is 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA in 12 career starts against the Cardinals.

Zach Davies Pitches A Gem Vs. Cardinals As Brewers Avoid Sweep

June 1, 2016 | 3:14 PM
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin | Sometimes the game of baseball just doesn’t make sense. The Cardinals had dominated the Brewers at Miller Park winning 30 of their last 40 to start the day. On top of that, Brewers pitcher Zach Davies has had his struggles this season. But on Thursday afternoon, Davies was at his best as the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-1.

Davies (3-3, 4.53 ERA) pitched eight shutout innings, struck out nine and did not walk a batter. He struck out the side in the 8th inning | his final one of the game. Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress gave up a leadoff homer to pinch hitter Brandon Moss to leadoff the 9th. It was Moss’s 3rd pinch hit homer of the year. But Jeffress was perfect after that for his 13th save.

Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado hit a solo homer in the 6th, his first of the season. Ryan Braun went 2-4 with an RBI single upping his average to .352. Chris Carter added an RBI single as well.
The Brewers avoid the sweep and now head to Philadelphia to start a four game series with the Phillies.

OTHER NOTES:
Ryan Braun is now 5th among NL outfielders in All-Star voting. He trailes the Nationals’ Bryce Harper, the Cubs’ Dexter Fowler, Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes and Cubs’ Jason Heyward.