Brewers' Domingo Santana gestures as he scores on a
solo home run off Cincinnati Reds' Raisel Iglesias
during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday,
Aug. 28, 2015, in Milwaukee.
— Brewers rookie Domingo Santana wanted to make a strong
showing in his first start at Miller Park. He's certainly
impressing his manager.
homered and fellow rookie Taylor Jungmann pitched six
strong innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-0
victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
power is so — appealing," Milwaukee manager Craig
appears to be the needed power-hitter that Milwaukee has
lacked when he was acquired along with three other
prospects from Houston at the trade deadline.
always good to give a good first impression," said
Santana, who was called up last Friday to start a
five-game road trip. "But, I just try to keep
everything simple. That's when you really start to get in
trouble, when you try to do too much."
(8-5) limited the Reds to three hits and three walks while
striking out five in a strong start following his worst
outing of the year on Saturday in Washington.
Brewers' Scooter Gennett is late with the tag as
Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto steals second during the
sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 28,
2015, in Milwaukee.
think a bounce-back start is always big," Jungmann
said. "It's good for the psyche."
rookie Raisel Iglesias (3-6) turned in a solid performance
of his own by retiring 16 straight during one stretch.
a stud," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's
learning, he's growing up. That part has been great to
watch. But not winning games, for everybody, is
has a penchant for striking out, and swung wildly in his
first at-bat against Iglesias for the 37th strikeout in 73
grounding out in the fourth, Santana homered to
right-center field to lead off the seventh to give
Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.
was just trying to look for something over the plate, a
mistake and put a good swing on it," Santana said.
"I was trying to hit a line drive over the second
baseman and actually I put a better swing on it."
two-run double in the eighth capped scoring.
Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago have made headlines in the
NL Central this year, the Reds and Brewers are simply
trying to avoid the basement of the majors' most
competitive division. Milwaukee (54-74) snapped a
four-game skid to remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Cincinnati
Brewers' Taylor Jungmann pitches to a Cincinnati
Reds batter during the first inning of a baseball
game Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Milwaukee.
was impressive, too, after a rocky first. Scooter Gennett
walked to lead off the game and scored on Jonathan
Lucroy's double. Khris Davis singled in Lucroy with one
out to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
then retired 16 straight before allowing a two-out single
in the sixth to Adam Lind. The Cuban right-hander finished
with 10 strikeouts in seven innings on the heels of his
13-strikeout performance in a loss to Arizona on Sunday.
has received just three runs in support over his six
is a collective thing, a group thing," Iglesias said
through an interpreter. "The team is struggling and
in a bad situation right now."
Brewers' Scooter Gennett rounds third on his way
home to score against the Cincinnati Reds during the
first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 28,
2015, in Milwaukee.
has lost 13 of 14 and hasn't scored a run in 19 innings
despite the efforts of Joey Votto, who reached base three
times to push his on-base percentage this season to .449.
Reds' star made two costly mistakes. First, he was caught
trying to steal third in the sixth. Then, with two on and
one out in the eighth, he grounded into a double play,
ending the Reds' best threat.
have to create more opportunities to score," Price
said. "It's been a challenge not just for this
stretch, but for most of this season and much of last
season. It's got nothing to do with effort, preparation or
information. It's just not to the level of our
shut out for the second straight game, hasn't scored since
the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game against the
prospect Robert Stephenson (wrist cramps) threw four
scoreless innings on Thursday night at Triple-A
Louisville. The right-hander could be in line for a
September call-up. The club would like him to throw
another 26 to 36 innings this season to bring his total to
150 to 160.
RHP Tyler Cravy (right elbow impingement) likely will be
used in a relief role when he returns from the 15-day
disabled list. Cravy is expected to begin throwing again
soon, and is eligible to return on Sept. 3.
Rookie RHP Keyvius Sampson (2-2, 5.55 ERA) gets his sixth
start of his career on Saturday. Sampson has given up four
homers in 24 1/3 innings, including two in his last start.
RHP Matt Garza (6-14, 5.26) faces off against Sampson. He
went on the DL briefly in July with right shoulder
tendinitis and pitched well in his first five starts back.
But he's regressed in his last two, allowing 12 runs over
9 2/3 innings.