The way the Milwaukee Brewers see it, there’s no way they can be as bad in September as they were in August.
The Brewers will try for their first three-game winning streak in nearly two months when they meet the visiting Cincinnati Reds in the middle game of their series.
With an 11-4 win in the series opener Friday, the Brewers have won two straight for the first time since Aug. 8-10. They beat Pittsburgh 7-1 on Thursday.
The Brewers, who had lost 13 of 14 before winning their last two, have not won three consecutive games since sweeping a series from the Chicago Cubs from July 5-7. They finished August 6-21.
The Brewers scored five runs in the first. Before Thursday night’s win, they hadn’t scored five runs in a game since Aug. 22. Friday’s 11 runs were the most scored by Milwaukee since a 12-2 win over Anaheim on June 9.
“Just when it looks like there was no light at the end of the tunnel, you can break out of it real quickly,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “It was good to see the guys hit the ball well early and then keep adding on throughout the game. It was a good win for us tonight”
While the Brewers will be trying for their first series win since taking two of three from Pittsburgh from July 30-Aug. 1, Ben Hendrickson will be looking for his first win of the season.
Hendrickson has pitched well at Triple-A Indianapolis, but has lost each of his six major league appearances this season. Recalled from Indianapolis on Monday, he allowed three runs and four hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
“I can’t look at the first five games I pitched,” Hendrickson said. “It’s a new season that starts today. I went out and felt I gave the team a good chance to win.”
The Reds have lost four straight and six of seven.
Closer Danny Graves, who has 37 saves, was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday after missing more than two weeks with back spasms. He was hit by a line drive by Helms in the eighth inning Friday and was forced to leave the game.