Thames has 1 of Brewers' 14 hits, hurt in win over Reds

Taylor Byrd
April 28, 2017

Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia homered to back run-starved starter Jose Quintana and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals to complete a three-game sweep. "I have a lot of blood and urine", Thames told reporters. "All that other stuff, I'll let other people worry about". Manager Craig Counsell said the injury wasn't serious and Thames reiterated that afterward, much to the relief of Brewers fans everywhere. The Royals have lost five straight and scored a major league-low 47 runs.

Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames celebrates his three-run home run with Manny Pina (9) and Domingo Santana (16) during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Monday, April 24, 2017, in Milwaukee. After three years of exile in South Korea, where he landed in 2014 in hopes of reviving a big-league career that had stalled just two years in, Thames is hitting like a latter-day Babe Ruth or Barry Bonds.

After Tuesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thames now leads the majors by a wide margin in home runs (11) and boasts a monster OPS of 1.411, ahead of even Bryce Harper (1.323).

"He's not missing. As the saying goes: You may get one good pitch to hit in your at-bat; you don't want to miss it", Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Paxton (3-0) allowed four hits and a walk in a dominant performance against a Detroit team that had scored 32 runs over its previous two games.

The Brewers kept their collective foot on the gas over the next few innings, scoring a run in the second on a fielder's choice by Shaw, 2 runs in the third on homer by Arcia, and another run in the fourth thanks to an RBI double by Bandy.

Here's the impressive thing: Seven of Thames' 11 home runs have come with two strikes.

If you hadn't heard of Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames until this baseball season, you're probably not alone. "They were able to score some runs there". He said he felt humble to be back in the majors.

It was the right-hander's first appearance since being hit on the right forearm by Pittsburgh's Jameson Taillon on April 11.

After a slow start to the season, Perez is finding his groove at the plate.

Baltimore trailed 3-1 before Kim and Schoop connected on successive pitches in the sixth inning.

The Reds this morning activated pitcher Rookie Davis from the 10-day disabled list.

Milwaukee Brewers' Wily Peralta throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Milwaukee.

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (1-2, 8.24) makes his fifth start and second against the Reds this season. He's hit fastballs, sliders and changeups, pitches as fast as 96 miles per hour and as slow as 72, according to Baseball Savant's Statcast.

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