Eric Thames bashes his way into Brewers' record book

Thames, who already set a franchise record for home runs in April with 11, will take aim at the major-league mark when the Milwaukee Brewers host the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Scott Feldman throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Milwaukee. Just the way the Milwaukee Brewers' front office drew it up when they signed Thames to a three year, $15M deal with an option for a fourth year at $7.5M according to Baseball Reference. Reds manager Bryan Price said he expects C Stuart Turner to remain on the roster when Devin Mesoraco is activated from the disabled list Friday, leaving the team with three catchers on the roster.

"I made a couple of good pitches that they put good swings on", Peralta said. Thames fouled off four straight two-strike pitches before hitting a slider out.

Thames could be the player to finally provide stability at first base, which has been a revolving door since Prince Fielder left. Well, he played four games and sat in two.

Orlando Arcia homered and drove in three runs for Milwaukee, which collected 14 hits.

Lackey's pitching coach, Chris Bosio, got in on the implication act too in an interview on 670 The Score, noting that Thames is "doing stuff that I haven't seen for a long time", comparing him to Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez, saying "his body has changed" and also invoking the term "head-scratcher".

Perez spoiled that effort, sending Stephenson's second offering to center for his third home run of the season - and third RBI of the day - and Keon Broxton followed with a ground-rule double off the top of the wall in center. His final line wasn't pretty: 11 hits, eight runs (seven earned) and a walk to go along with a pair of strikeouts.

Milwaukee has now outscored its opponents, 27-8, in the opening inning this season. "I have to do a better job of making pitches and getting ahead in the count".

"It just shows he's a valuable player for us", Counsell said. Anderson is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA in two career starts against them.

The Brewers have an off-day tomorrow before beginning a three-game weekend series against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park to close out the month of April.

CLEVELAND - Dallas Keuchel (4-0) pitched a six-hitter, allowing home runs to Austin Jackson in the third and Michael Brantley in the ninth that raised his ERA to 1.22.

Wily Peralta (4-1), the only Brewers starter not to get a hit, labored through five-plus innings.

  • Julie Sanders