MILWAUKEE (AP) With Jesus Aguilar hitting so properly, Ryan Braun walked into supervisor Craig Counsell’s workplace with the bizarre request of asking to be dropped decrease in the Milwaukee batting order.
Counsell obliged, and the transfer paid speedy dividends.
Jonathan Villar and Christian Yelich homered, whereas Braun had three hits to steer the Brewers to an 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.
”To this level in the season I’ve actually been unfortunate hitting third, so possibly you progress to fifth and it modifications the luck a bit bit,” mentioned Braun, who’s batting .245 in 42 video games.
Braun, dropped these two spots in the lineup, went Three for Three with a double, two singles and an intentional stroll whereas scoring thrice. It was the primary time Braun batted decrease than fourth in the lineup since Sept. 23, 2014 at Cincinnati, when he was batting fifth.
Aguilar took over at first base when Eric Thames went on the disabled listing April 25 and is batting .315 with 9 dwelling runs and 30 RBI, hitting third whereas Braun was on the disabled listing with a again damage. Braun returned from the DL on Thursday, and the stats prompted him to recommend to Counsell to depart the slugging Aguilar in the third spot.
”I didn’t know if he (Counsell) was going to be hesitant, or afraid to carry it up, like he would possibly offend me or one thing,” Braun mentioned. ”So I went in there yesterday and mentioned issues are going so properly, clearly Aggie’s swinging the bat so properly, offensively the group’s in place, I feel it makes a whole lot of sense to depart him there.”
Milwaukee starter Brent Suter (5-Three) allowed three runs in 5 innings, however hit a two-run double in the fourth that gave Milwaukee a Four-Zero lead. Milwaukee gained for the 10th time in 12 video games.
St. Louis starter Luke Weaver (Three-5) misplaced his third consecutive begin, permitting 4 runs on 5 hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4 innings.
”You attempt to discover the positives in any sort of failure scenario, and I really feel like I’ve been sturdy, I’ve made some good pitches, although some statistics or no matter won’t present up in a optimistic means,” Weaver mentioned.
The Brewers have been shut out 5-Zero by the Mets on Thursday. Since then, they’ve scored 37 runs in 4 video games, all victories.
Milwaukee broke open the sport in the seventh inning. With two outs and Yelich on second, the Cardinals deliberately walked Braun to face Villar. The second baseman hit the second pitch from Brent Cecil into the Milwaukee bullpen for an 8-3 lead.
”We had offensive day immediately, a bunch of innings the place we put stress on (Weaver) and we got here by way of in a few these conditions,” Counsell mentioned.
Yelich hit his sixth homer, singled, stole two bases and scored twice.
IN THE CLUTCH
The Brewers scored all eight runs with two outs, going Four for 11 with runners in scoring place. St. Louis was Zero for Four with runners in scoring place. ”The guys are working laborious, going about their at-bats, and a few days we rating runs and a few days we don’t,” St. Louis supervisor Mike Matheny mentioned.
Cardinals: OF Dexter Fowler was not in the beginning lineup for the second consecutive recreation after being hit in the suitable knee with a pitch from Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams. RHP Alex Reyes, who struck out 44 in 23 innings whereas permitting no runs and 7 hits in 4 minor-league rehab begins, will make his first begin since 2016 on Wednesday in Milwaukee. Reyes underwent Tommy John surgical procedure in February 2017.
Brewers: Suter took a line drive from Harrison Bader off his chest in the second inning, however recovered to make the throw to first for the out. ”I’ve really taken one off the top earlier than,” he mentioned. ”I used to be sort of making an attempt to verify my face was protected and it hit my chest. It’s a type of scary moments in baseball.”
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (5-1, 2.88 ERA) shall be on the mound in the center recreation of the collection. He has held opponents to 2 runs or much less in every of his final seven begins.
Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (2-Four, Four.74) will make his second begin since coming off the disabled listing Thursday. He was the shedding pitcher in the Cardinals’ Eight-Four win on April 2 at Miller Park.
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