Acquired in the nine-player trade that sent Sexson to Arizona during the winter, Overbay has been impressive as Milwaukee’s new first baseman.
He’ll try to extend his hitting streak to seven games when the Brewers meet the Cincinnati Reds in the middle game of their series at Great American Ball Park.
While he will be hard-pressed to match Sexson’s 45 homers from a year ago, Overbay has done more than hold his own at the plate. He is batting a team-high .320 and leads the Brewers with 24 RBIs.
During his six-game hitting streak, Overbay is batting .476 (10-for-21).
He had perhaps his biggest hit of the season Tuesday—a grand slam in the third inning that powered the Brewers to a 6-2 win. The first slam of his career came on the 11th pitch of the at-bat.
“Great at-bat,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “He was just battling and kept fouling off pitches until he got one to hit.”
Overbay said he got an extra thrill when Reds shortstop Barry Larkin complimented him after singling in the bottom half of the inning.
“He was like, ‘Great at-bat,”’ Overbay said. “He said it’s an art, fouling them off. I said, ‘I don’t know where that came from.”’
The Brewers, who had lost their previous three, continued their mastery of the Reds, winning for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings.
The Reds were without center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., who sat out with a stiff right hamstring. Griffey suffered the injury during Monday’s 7-5 win over Houston, but said it felt better Tuesday.
“It just tightened up and we don’t want to take the chance of doing anything else (to make it worse),” Griffey said. “Hopefully, that’s it.”
Cincinnati has lost six of its last seven overall.