The Brewers climbed above .500 for the first time since 2014 on Friday night with a 10-4 thrashing of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.
The Reds jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Brewers starter Tommy Milone with a pair of dingers. Zack Cozart opened the scoring with a two-run shot in the second inning, and Joey Votto added a solo shot with two outs in the third. Milone finished with three runs on six hits over five innings, striking out three as he recorded his first win since last July.
Milwaukee’s response? 10 unanswered runs. Travis Shaw got the ball rolling offensively for the Crew, leading off the third with a single. Domingo Santana followed with a double, and Manny Pina drove them both in with a double of his own to pull the Brewers within one.
It seemed that the Brewers may have squandered their chance to at least tie the game in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded and one out, Santana rolled a can of corn to short that resulted in an inning-ending double play. It was a deflating 21-point swing in win probability, and left the Reds with a 71% chance to claim victory.
This is Easter weekend however, and on Good Friday, Jesus saved. Aguilar entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth with two on and one out and, following a balk that moved the runners to second and third, grounded one to the 56 hole that scored the tying run.
The Brewers weren’t done in the sixth, however. Villar immediately followed with a double that ticked off the glove of a leaping Patrick Kivlehan, scoring Orlando Arcia and knocking reliever Blake Wood out of the game. Eric Thames greeted new pitcher Wandy Peralta with his second dong in as many games, a two-run shot that gave Milwaukee a 6-3 lead.
Milwaukee blew the game wide open in the seventh, tallying four runs off Michael Lorenzen to put the game out of reach. The Reds scored their final run with two outs in the ninth on a Scooter Gennett hit; Hernan Perez’ throw hit Gennett as he dove back to first, allowing Arismendy Alcantara to score. Oliver Drake, who was acquired in a late-night trade with Baltimore last night, struck out three over two innings in his Brewers debut.
Orlando Arcia had his second consecutive multi-hit day, going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI. After doubling his hit total with a three-hit game last night, Arcia has raised his batting average on the young season to a respectable .258 with a big series in Cincinnati. He was one of several offensive stars on Friday, as Thames (2-for-5) and Pina (4-for-5) also notched multi-hit games.
On Deck: Zach Davies, who may or may not be three children stacked on top of each other, will make his third start of the season opposite Reds ace Brandon Finnegan. Davies has struggled to start the season against two of the best lineups in the National League, recording a 10.61 ERA. Finnegan somehow surrendered just one run despite needing 69 (nice) pitches to get through two innings his last time out.