WP: Carlos Torres
LP: Amir Garrett
HR: Eric Thames 2 (10), Hernan Perez (2), Scott Schebler (5)
Reds starter Amir Garrett struggled with the Brewers hitters, primarily Eric Thames. Garrett ended up giving up ten runs, nine of those were earned, in just 3.2 innings pitched.
Thames and Hernan Perez started the scoring in the first inning, each hitting home runs. Thames hit a solo shot deep to right field, while Perez hit this moon shot to center that bounced off the center of the score board putting the Brewers up four nothing.
Thames would come back to homer in the 2nd inning, a two-run shot that just went over the left field fence. That home run was number ten on the season, giving Thames the lead in that category in all of MLB and tying a Brewers’ franchise record for homers hit in April. Seven of those ten homers have come off the Reds this season.
The biggest scare came in the top of the third, when a Orlando Arcia failed to field an easy grounder committing his first error in 43 games. Then Scott Schebler would hit a three-run bomb that put the Reds within two runs at 6-4.
The Crew ended that fear quickly, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the fourth to coast to victory.
Matt Garza pitched four OK innings in his season debut. The biggest problem was the home run given up after the run but those were unearned due to the error. Otherwise, Garza allowed four hit, three walks and struck out four with 94 pitches. Clearly, Garza needs to go longer but arguably could have pitched the fifth had it not been for the error.
It wasn’t all good news for the Brewers. Ryan Braun was replaced by Jesus Aguilar in the sixth inning with a bruised foot. Braun had fouled some pitches off his foot earlier in the game, apparently that cause problems. There’s no word yet on if this injury could result in a DL stint, but based on what I’m seeing from Adam McCalvy and Tom Haudricourt, I’m guessing it’s a short-term injury. I hope you appreciate that intel because I had to dig through roughly 30 of Tom’s “Eugene” messages to get it.
The Brewers continue the three game series against the Reds tomorrow. It will see Zach Davies (1-2, 8.24 ERA) on the mound for Milwaukee against Scott Feldman (1-1, 2.38 ERA) for the Reds. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.