Thames hits 2 HRs, Perez goes deep Brewers beat Reds 11-7

Ross Houston
April 28, 2017

(WQOW) - After sweeping the Reds, Eric Thames didn't seem too concerned about his injury.

Through the first two games of the series, Perez is 5-for-7 with a double, two triples, a homer and seven RBIs.

This is where we are in baseball, now, with reasonable and aware people left unable to witness a hot streak by a mostly unknown power hitter without wondering how he happened.

In three seasons for the NC Dinos, Thames clobbered a remarkable 124 HR, and tallied an unfathomable 382 RBI in just 389 games. The 30-year-old slugger spent his last three seasons there, smacking an average of 41 homers per year.

Thames had an unremarkable initial stint in the majors, hitting.250 and 21 homers with the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners in 2011 and 2012.

Thames began his Major League Baseball career in 2011 with unsuccessful stints with the Blue Jays and Mariners before heading to Korea to continue his career. Manager Craig Counsell talked with him near first base before the two walked off the field.

"You are facing good pitchers and good catchers that are smart and they study you and your holes", Thames said. "Do we think that those driving forces will translate to the major league level", Stearns said. He was drug tested after blasting yet another homer on Tuesday night - his league-best 11th of the year. Jett Bandy led the hit parade with three as the team compiled 14 against Reds pitching.

"It's not that every pitch he's hit against us has been a awful pitch".

Unfortunately for Thames, though, the takes likely won't stop until he comes back to earth. Thames has been asked about such suspicions and denies using banned substances.

"Your relievers are mostly what you worry about", Counsell said. "I have lots of blood and urine".

The early success is also about feeling more confident in his abilities and having more fun over the last three years.

An April resurgence has the first baseman looking like more and more of a steal for the Brewers. An affable personality also lends to the appearance of Thames feeling at ease in Milwaukee. I just want to apply what I learned in Korea to see how it'd fare here.

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 1.13) makes his fifth start of the season on Friday night in the opener of a weekend series against Bartolo Colon (1-2, 4.50) and the Atlanta Braves.

AP freelance writers Andrew Gruman and Joe Totoraitis contributed to this report.

Thames came through with his 11th homer when he hit a two-run blast in the sixth to put on Milwaukee's 9-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on Tuesday.

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