Kolten Wong homers 3 occasions as Brewers conquer Reds 5-1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a profession-higher a few homers and drove in five operates, supporting Brandon Woodruff and the Milwaukee Brewers conquer the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Thursday night time.
Wong strike a two-operate travel in the next inning in opposition to Hunter Greene. He strike one more two-run shot in the sixth off Dauri Moreta and a solo drive in the eighth against Joel Kuhnel.
Wong has a profession-superior 15 homers on the period.
“I’m unquestionably not a dude who hits a few household runs really typically,” Wong claimed. “I’ve experienced a chance to do it a pair of occasions, but I attempted to do much too a lot. I just experimented with not to do way too a lot and keep my swing tight.”
Milwaukee finished with just four hits, but every single of Wong’s to start with two homers transpired just after leadoff walks.
“We had 4 hits,” manager Craig Counsell claimed. “Kolton experienced a few, and all three ended up dwelling runs. That was pretty extraordinary. He was certainly a just one-guy clearly show on offense.”
The next-put Brewers (80-70) opened a 4-activity established in opposition to lowly Cincinnati with their 2nd straight gain. They remained 2 1/2 games again of Philadelphia for the third NL wild card.
Woodruff (12-4) struck out 11 in six innings. He authorized 3 hits and walked two.
The 6-foot-4 ideal-hander has 32 strikeouts in his very last three starts — all wins. He has struck out 11 or far more batters in three of his 4 starts versus the Reds this season.
“I assume it starts off with rhythm and timing — basic things,” Woodruff stated. “I’m continually obtaining ahead extra. I’m striving to get them to swing early.”
Counsell sees the proper-hander rounding into kind following lacking most of June with injuries to his ideal ankle and fingers.
“He’s been acquiring better,” Counsell claimed. “When he came again from the harm, he was superior, but now he’s even greater at a fantastic time for us.”
Kyle Farmer hit his 13th homer in the sixth to account for Cincinnati’s only operate. Greene (4-13) struck out eight in 5 innings.
The NL Central matchup drew a group of 9,889, the sixth underneath 10,000 this season at Fantastic American Ball Park.
Just after throwing 47 pitches at least 100 miles per hour in a 1- loss at St. Louis on Saturday, Greene arrived at triple figures 15 periods versus Milwaukee, according to Statcast.
“I felt strong,” Greene said. “I felt truly very good. Those people walks damage me. It is a fantastic hitting group. It is normally a struggle when I face these guys. They are rather very good at hitting faults. There were times when I pulled off. I tried using to elevate a fastball to Wong. It variety of leaked more than the plate a little little bit.”
Wong is the third Milwaukee 2nd baseman to hit 3 homers in a person game. Dale Sveum did it on July 17, 1987, versus the Angels, and Aaron Hill achieved the feat on Might 7, 2016, in Cincinnati.
Outfielder Michael Siani produced his main league debut, boosting to a key league-significant 66 the range of players utilised by the Reds this period.
Brewers: RHP Freddie Peralta (proper shoulder) might be activated this weekend, Counsell mentioned. Peralta has been out because May well 23.
Reds: RHP Graham Ashcraft (correct biceps soreness) is scheduled to occur off the wounded listing on Saturday and make his first commence considering the fact that Aug. 19.
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The Brewers are expected to activate left-hander Eric Lauer (remaining elbow) from the hurt checklist to get started on Friday. Lauer has been out due to the fact Sept. 8. Lefty Mike Minimal (4-12) pitches for Cincinnati.
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