MILWAUKEE (AP)—Lyle Overbay made quite an impression on Cincinnati manager Dave Miley.
“The man can hit,” Miley said after Overbay homered in his first two at-bats, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the Reds on Friday night. “He has always hit against us. He has hit against everybody in the league.”
Despite playing hurt and sporting a large bandage covering a cut on the left side of his jaw, Overbay had the first multihomer game of his career.
He received 12 stitches and a chipped tooth from an injury he sustained Tuesday night at St. Louis, when he made a catch in foul territory in the first inning. His hand slipped off a rolled-up tarp and his face hit a plastic partition.
Overbay, who has a seven-game hitting streak, has a career batting average of .446 against the Reds with four home runs and 16 RBIs.
“If I hit like this, I might keep it on all year,” he said jokingly of the strip of gauze covering the wound.
Overbay hit a three-run homer, a 400-foot blast to right field, on a slider in the first and added a solo shot to deep center on a fastball in the third off Cincinnati starter Brandon Claussen (1-2). He also doubled and walked in his fourth career four-RBI game.
“The second one, I felt like I made a quality pitch,” Claussen said. “The first one was a mistake, and he jumped on it.”
“Everything was hard, hard, hard, and they caught on to that at the end,” Glover said. “You’ve got to tip your hat to Kearns.”
“It was huge from Matt Wise, Phelps and Turnbow,” Yost said. “Their contribution was every bit as big as Lyle’s. Lyle provided all the offense.”
Shortstop Aurilia’s fielding error set the stage for the Brewers’ three-run first inning.
Brady Clark opened the inning with a soft line-drive single. The next batter, Jeff Cirillo, grounded to Aurilia, but the ball hit off the bottom of his glove, spoiling a chance at a potential double play.
Claussen retired the next two batters before Overbay connected on a full-count pitch for his third home run of the season. The Brewers loaded the bases later in the inning, but Claussen struck out Glover to end it.
Aurilia got one of the runs back with a run-scoring single in the second, cutting the Brewers’ lead to 3-1.
Overbay homered to center in the third.
Claussen allowed four runs—one earned—and five hits in four innings. He struck out one and walked four in his third and shortest start of the season.
The Brewers placed RHP Sheets on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with inner ear inflammation. He’s been out of action eight days and missed one start. “I’ll be able to pitch before I’m able to defend myself on the mound,” Sheets said, adding that if he turns his head sharply to the left, the dizziness quickly occurs. The earliest he could be activated is May 6. … The Brewers purchased the contract of RHP Julio Santana from Triple-A Nashville to take Sheets’ place on the roster. … Cincinnati has doubled at least once in each of the season’s first 22 games. Sean Casey’s two-base hit in the third was the team’s 49th and tied the same feat set by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2002. … Griffey has gone 77 at-bats in 21 games without a home run this season. … Milwaukee’s Carlos Lee is in an 0-for-17 slump.