If the Brewers go on to clinch a playoff berth by a game or less, they’ll certainly look back with a sigh of relief at Wednesday’s wild game at Great American Ball Park.
The Brewers banged out 22 hits and scored 13 runs — and it was still barely enough to beat the last-place Reds, 13-12, in 10 innings.
Christian Yelich stood out for Milwaukee, going 6 for 6 at the plate and tripling to complete the cycle in his last at-bat. And while the Brewers’ bats were hot — Mike Moustakas also homered and had four hits — the pitchers were not. Starter Freddy Peralta gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Josh Hader, who’s been virtually unhittable at times this year, gave up four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.
The Brewers put the Reds away in the 10th on a home run by Jesus Aguilar, and an RBI single by Erik Kratz, just enough to withstand the solo homer by the Reds’ Brandon Dixon in the bottom of the inning.
So with the victory, Milwaukee (74-60) moves to within a half game of the Cardinals — who lost to the Pirates Wednesday — for the top wild-card spot in the NL.
With several other teams, including the Rockies or Diamondbacks, the Phillies and the Dodgers still in the wild-card hunt as well, the Brewers’ persistence in Wednesday’s slugfest makes it a game they’ll remember.
Stud of the night
Jacob deGrom’s outing against the Cubs in the opener of a double-header epitomized his spectacular season. The Mets ace gave up one run in eight innings, struck out 10 — and got no decision. The outing took two days in a 2-1 loss that was delayed from Tuesday.
Duds of the night
The Marlins bullpen allowed 11 runs and 13 hits in 2 1/3 innings in a 14-6 loss to the Red Sox.
Astros first baseman Tyler White (aka “Great White Shark”) walks it off with a home run in the ninth against the Athletics. Houston won 5-4.
Tyler White hits a walk-off shot and ends a wild series against the A’s pic.twitter.com/bhQN4r1hRS
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Cubs (78-54) at Braves (74-57) 7:35 p.m. ET — These two division leaders meet in a makeup game from a May 17 rainout. The Cubs need a long outing from starter Mike Montgomery — they used seven relievers in a double-header split with the Mets Wednesday.