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Brewers Score (Very) Often, beat Braves 11-3

The Brewers took out their hitting frustrations on the Atlanta pitching staff

Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers
Matt Garza pitched well and had great supprot
Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

WP: Matt Garza (4-4); LP: Roberto Hernandez (1-1); Save: none; Homeruns: Atl, Erick Aybar (2); Mil, Chris Carter (27), Scooter Gennett (10), Hernan Perez (9)

Since 1940, there have been over 150 no-hiiters in major league baseball. Players have hit for the cycle over 150 times. Only 8 times has a team scored in every inning that they came to the plate in an 9 inning game. The Brewers became the eighth team to accomplish that, playing against the Braves on Thursday.

It comes on the heels of three games that found the Brewers scrounging for runs. They lost the first two of the four game set 4-3 and 2-1, and won the third 4-3. In those three games they scored in 4 innings. Baseball is a funny game.

The Brewers tagged Braves starter Roberto Hernandez for 7 hits and 5 runs in 4 innings, started by a two run homer from Chris Carter in the first He also allowed long balls to Scooter Gennett and Hernan Perez. Relievers Brandon Cunniff, Madison Younginer, and Eric O’Flaherty combined for 4 innings, allowing 7 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), as the Brewers used the water torture method of scoring 1 run an inning except for the first and the sixth.

Perez and Jonathan Villar led the Brewers with a 3 hit games, and Gennett and Manny Pina had 2 hits each. Pitcher Matt Garza was the only starter without at least 1 hit.

Garza went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs, all in the sixth. Erick Aybar homered for the Braves in the sixth. Michael Blazek allowed the third run, and his ERA is now at 5.26. Jhan Marinez and Rob Scahill worked scoreless frames to finish the ballgame.

Villar’s three hit day leaves him at .305/.389/.447. In his limited action since his call-up when Jonathan Lucroy was traded, Pina is at .455/.538/.545. Garza’s outing brought his ERA to 4.83, and two good starts in a row might make him attractive in a waiver trade for a low prospect. Or maybe not.

The Brewers welcome the Reds to Miller Park for a three game weekend series Friday. The Reds (46-67) send veteran Homer Bailey (1-1, 7.27), recently returned from the DL, out to face the Brewers’ (51-62) Jimmy Nelson (6-10, 4.02). Bailey was hit hard in his last start, giving up 8 hits and 5 runs in 3 plus innings in a loss to the Pirates.

Wednesday was a hitterish day in MLB, with 8 of the 22 teams playing scoring 9 or more runs.