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MILWAUKEE — Sitting in the bullpen with time to kill in the early innings, do Brewers relievers kick around ideas about how they would attack Eric Thames when he’s rolling like this?

Not really, said Jacob Barnes. They were asking a different question after a 2-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday at Miller Park felt like deja vu all over again.

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MILWAUKEE — Sitting in the bullpen with time to kill in the early innings, do Brewers relievers kick around ideas about how they would attack Eric Thames when he’s rolling like this?

Not really, said Jacob Barnes. They were asking a different question after a 2-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday at Miller Park felt like deja vu all over again.

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“We wonder why they pitch to him in the first place,” Barnes said of the Reds. “We’re like, ‘Wait, you haven’t learned the first [12] times?’

“I don’t know what it is, but he’s figured them out, and we enjoy seeing it because he produces runs. That’s what we like.”

Video: CIN@MIL: Davies, Barnes talk 2-0 win over Reds

In a near-carbon copy of a Brewers victory the night before, Thames hit another two-run home run to supply all of the offense in a second straight three-hit shutout of the Reds. The games even ended in similar fashion, with a two-inning save.

This time, Zach Davies started and pitched into the seventh inning before Dan Jennings and Barnes closed the Brewers’ first back-to-back shutouts at hitter-friendly Miller Park since the team won three in a row against the Marlins from July 19-21, 2013.

Josh Hader on Tuesday and Barnes on Wednesday delivered Milwaukee’s first back-to-back saves of at least two innings apiece since Chuck Crim and Dan Plesac in 1990.

“Pretty much, the last two [games] are because of our pitching,” Thames said. “The offense hasn’t been hitting on all cylinders, like it usually is. That’s how it’s going to be throughout the year. We pick them up and they pick us up sometimes.”

Video: CIN@MIL: Barnes K’s Pennington for six-out save

For the second straight game, Thames accounted for the game’s only runs with one swing. His two-run homer in the third inning against Reds starter Tyler Mahle was Thames’ 10th against Cincinnati in the past two Aprils and gave him 12 total homers against the Reds over the last two years. That matched Yankees slugger Aaron Judge (vs. Baltimore) for the most home runs against a single opponent since the start of 2017.

“I’m not getting too caught up in all that stuff,” Thames said. “Just trying to have a good at-bat, quality ABs. I just got a pitch to hit and I didn’t miss it.”

Six of Thames’ last eight hits have cleared the fence. He leads the Brewers with seven home runs this season and has hit 18 and counting in April over the past two years. Bryce Harper is second in the Majors with 17 home runs in the past two Aprils entering the Nationals’ game against the Mets on Wedne Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap sday night.

Video Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap : Thames powers Brewers to back-to-back 2-0 wins

“It’s his month,” Davies said of Thames.

“[Thames] is their offense against us the last two days with the home runs,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We’ve made some good pitches against him this series too, but when we make a mistake, he makes us pay for it. There are those times where you just have to pitch to him.

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Double the pleasure: The Brewers added three more errors to their Major League-leading total (21), including Jonathan Villar‘s boot of an easy Billy Hamilton grounder in the seventh inning. That gave the Reds runners at the corners wi Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey th one out in a two-run game, and prompted a call for reliever Jennings to replace Davies with left-handed hitter Jesse Winker coming up. Jennings induced an inning-ending double play to keep the shutout bid alive.

“We gave them some extra chances today, for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “These were kind of easy mistakes; I’d call them unforced errors. We got through them today but they’re going to bite you. We’ve got to make those plays.”

Video: CIN@MIL: Jennings escapes first-and-third jam in 7th

Early trouble: Davies held the Reds scoreless on three hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings for his second quality start, but first, he had to navigate first-inning trouble. Reds leadoff man Winker opened the game with a double and took third when center fielder Christian Yelich bobbled the baseball for an error. Davies walked Joey Votto on four carefully-placed pitches, but he retired the other three batters he faced without allowing Winker to budge.

“It kind of sets the tone for the game, that I know I’m getting some soft contact and being able to put the ball where I want it,” Davies said.

Video: CIN@MIL: Davies leaves runners at first and third

SOUND SMART
With All-Star closer Corey Knebel on the disabled list, Counsell is getting creative with save opportunities. The Brewers already have a trio of two-inning saves this season, the first time they have had that many since 2008, but they have a way to go to match the club record. The 1982 Brewers, led by future Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers, registered 21 multi-inning save Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap s.

“I just used the eighth inning as the guide there,” Counsell said of sending Barnes back for the ninth. “I thought he handled the eighth inning efficiently, filling up the strike zone, so he could get through the ninth and still have really effective stuff.”

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Credit left fielder Hernan Perez with an assist on a circus play in the second inning, when he converged with Yelich and shortstop Orlando Arcia on a popup off the bat of Reds third Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey  baseman Alex Blandino. A potentially dangerous play turned into a highlight-reel catch, as the baseball glanced off Perez’s glove and into the glove of a sliding Yelich, who bobbled it before securing the second out of the inning.

• Yelich makes sliding snag via Perez deflection

Video: CIN@MIL: Yelich grabs the ball off Perez’s glove

HE SAID IT
“I’m always a competitor. I always like to go after guys. But he’s on a tear, and it’s tough to get him out right now. It’ll be interesting to see what guys do for the rest of the year. — Davies, asked whether he would pitch to Thames right now

UP NEXT
Lorenzo Cain is expected back atop the lineup following a scheduled off-day, and Yelich will be reunited with his former team when the Brewers host the Marlins for the start of a four-game series on Thursday. On the same day they agreed to sign free agent Cain to a five-year deal, the Brewers acquired Yelich in a blockbuster trade with Miami for a package of prospects led by Lewis Brinson. Both tea Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ms are waiting for the trade to pay dividends; Brinson is off to a slow start for the Marlins, and Yelich just returned to the Brewers lineup on Wednesday following a stint on the disabled list for a right oblique injury. Chase Anderson starts for Milwaukee at 7:10 p.m. CT.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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J Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey orge Lopez sparks bats, but Crew falls short

MILWAUKEE — With more than half of their 2018 home run total hit by players sidelined with injuries, the Brewers managed just two singles off Luis Castillo through the first six innings and couldn’t overcome a nine-run deficit en route to a 10-4 loss to the Reds on Monday night at Miller Park to open a seven-game homestand.

Castillo (1-2), who entered with a 7.31 ERA after his first three starts, improved to 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.

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MILWAUKEE — With more than half of their 2018 home run total hit by players sidelined with injuries, the Brewers managed just two singles off Luis Castillo through the first six innings and couldn’t Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey  overcome a nine-run deficit en route to a 10-4 loss to the Reds on Monday night at Miller Park to open a seven-game homestand.

Castillo (1-2), who entered with a 7.31 ERA after his first three starts, improved to 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.

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“We got something going late, but especially the first time through the order, he got through us pretty good Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap  and quickly, in probably about 30, 35 pitches,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s been tough against us, for sure.”

The Reds scored three runs in the second off starter Brent Suter (1-2), then pounded the Brewers’ bullpen to notch just their third victory against 13 losses. The Brewers were without Eric Thames and his team-best five homers; as well as starters Ryan Braun, Christian Yelich and Manny Pina. The four had accounted for 10 of Milwaukee’s 18 home runs.

“Just a couple pitches I want back, because I was pounding the strike zone pretty well,” said Suter, who threw 53 of his 69 pitches for strikes. “I think my strike percentage was as high as it’s been, so a little bit frustrating result-wise, for sure.”

Trailing 9-0, Brewers reliever Jorge Lopez was left in to bat with two outs in the seventh and responded with his first career hit, a bases-loaded double to make it 9-2 and end Castillo’s outing.

Rookie catcher Jacob Nottingham, called up earlier in the day, had worked a two-out walk in his first big league at-bat to load the bases for Lopez. Nottingham then scored on a wild pitch, and Lopez came home on Jonathan Villar‘s single.

Video: CIN@MIL: Nottingham scores on Reed’s wild pitch

Milwaukee’s best opportunity with the game still in reach came in the fifth with the Reds up 3-0. Hernan Perez walked with one out. Orlando Arcia singled Perez to third and took second on the throw. After Castillo struck out Jett Bandy, pinch-hitter Eric Sogard narrowly missed a home run when he jerked a 2-2 pitch just to the right of the right-field foul pole. Castillo then retired Sogard on a grounder to first.

Video: CIN@MIL: Castillo induces groundout to end 5th inning

“I thought we had a chance to score in the fifth with Sogard, and it was probably about five feet from tying the game,” Counsell said.

The Reds then jumped on reliever Oliver Drake in a six-run sixth that included four doubles to push the lead to 9-0. Adam Duvall and former Brewer Scooter Gennett opened the inning with consecutive doubles. Gennett was erased in a rundown between second and third on Phillip Ervin‘s fielder’s choice. Phil Gosselin was intentionally walked with two outs to get to Castillo, who responded with a two-strike RBI single down the right-field line. Billy Hamilton singled in another run to make it 6-0, and Jose Peraza and Joey Votto followed with back-to-back doubles.

“You give up a hit to the pitcher, it’s obviously a big spot,” Counsell said. “It’s 4-0 at that point, it’s certainly still a ballgame. His single only knocked in one, but then the rest of the inning, he was just unable to make a pitch to close it out.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Suter can’t finish off Hamilton: Suter was within one pitch of escaping the second with just one run, but Hamilton punched a 1-2 pitch to right for a two-out, two-run single to make it 3-0.

Video: CIN@MIL: Hamilton lines a two-run single to right

“I was trying to go up and in, and it leaked back just a little bit middle to give him a chance,” Suter said. “You’ve got to tip your hat. He put it in play for a two-RBI hit, so that was really the back-breaker.”

SOUND SMART
Drake had allowed just one run in eight innings in his first six appearances for a 1.13 ERA. After his rough inning Monday, his ERA ballooned to 7.00.

HE SAID IT
“When I hit that ball, I didn’t see what was going on,” Lopez said of his first hit. “I thought it was foul or something because I didn’t see where it was going. I just kept running. Seeing those guys running, I just kept following.”

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Braun, held out of the starting lineup due to back tightness, legged out what was called a pinch-hit single in the ninth after second baseman Gennett made a diving stop behind second and threw to first. But the call was overturned after a 52-second review.

Video: CIN@MIL: Gennett lays out for diving backhanded stop

UP NEXT
Veteran right-hander Junior Guerra, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 11, makes his second start of the Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey  season Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. CT vs. the Reds. He allowed one run on four hits in Custom Angels Jersey  5 1/3 innings in his first start in St. Louis, but got a no-decision in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory. After a surprising 9-3 record in 2016, Guerra was the Brewers’ Opening Day starter last season, but he posted a 1-4 record and 5.12 ERA, battled injuries and was eventually sent to Triple-A. Sal Romano is expected to start for Cincy.

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.


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