WP: Wily Peralta (5-8)
LP: Cody Reed (0-7)
HR: Ryan Braun 2 (21,22), Joey Votto (19)
Ryan Braun wasn’t going to let the Brewers get swept today, and he made sure of that in one of his strongest games of the season.
It only took three Brewers batters to get a lead today. Following walks by Keon Broxton and Orlando Arcia (along with a double steal), Braun hit an RBI double to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead. Braun would then score after Chris Carter singled and Manny Pina walked to load the bases, then Jake Elmore took one for the team as he was hit by a pitch, bringing in Braun. Wily Peralta lined out to end the inning as the Brewers batted around in the first inning.
Of course, Braun wasn’t done there. Once again, he was set up by Broxton and Arcia, who doubled and singled to lead off the inning. Braun then unloaded a three-run home run to center field to give the Brewers a commanding 6-0 lead with no outs in the second. That was it for the day for Cody Reed, who allowed six runs on five hits and three walks.
Keyvius Sampson came in for the Reds after that, and Braun added on another home run to further extend the lead. This time, it was just a solo home run to increase the lead to 7-0. In total for the day, Braun went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and six RBI. He was involved in some capacity with every run the Brewers scored today.
Meanwhile, Wily Peralta continued to make his case for returning to the rotation. He put together a quality start for the second straight start, allowing just one run and four hits in six innings. He also struck out five and walked one in the win. Even though both quality starts came against two of the weaker teams in the National League, Peralta has shown better results compared to the start of the season.
In the bullpen, Rob Scahill had his fourth straight scoreless appearance, pitching a clean inning. Carlos Torres had a rough day, allowing a two-run home run to Joey Votto. Taking no chances, Tyler Thornburg came in to close out the game, and he allowed just one walk as he secured the win.
It’s a day off for the Brewers tomorrow, and they are going to need it as they have a four-game trip to Wrigley Field coming up, starting with a double-header on Tuesday. Game one will feature Matt Garza against Trevor Cahill, while game two has Chase Anderson taking on Jason Hammel. Game one will start at 12:20 pm, with game two set for 7:05 pm.