Jonathan Villar is struggling -- badly -- but Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell isn't worried. One the more pleasant surprises on Milwaukee's roster this season, Villar entrenched himself in the leadoff spot early on in 2016 and kept on hitting, carrying a .297 average into the final month of the season. "What Jonathan -- and a couple of guys -- are going through is just the grind of a major league season," Counsell said.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game I don’t know if I am supposed to do this, but I’m giving this damn thing to the entire top of the lineup. We’re not all that far removed from #DustyLineups and the argument that the reason that Votto doesn’t have the RBI numbers is because no one can get on base in front of him, goddamnit Marty, would you shut up about it? The lineup in front of Votto tonight produced in a big way, though, and it came from two people that Reds fans hope will be big, big parts of the next squad that Makes the Reds Great Again. Jose Peraza hit twice and walked once. Scott Schebler hit three times. They both scored two runs, because of a Joey Votto dinger and an
The Milwaukee Brewers, who played better at Miller Park than expected and in 2016 in general, closed their home season with a whimper. Much like the previous evening, the Brewers generated little offense in bowing meekly to Cincinnati, 4-2, before a disappointed crowd of 31,776. The Brewers dropped the last two games of the series against the Reds to finish the home season with a 41-40 home record. They now go to Texas and Colorado to finish their rebuilding season. In what could have been the final home game with the Brewers for Ryan Braun - they've already tried once this year to trade him to the Los Angeles Dodgers - he went 2-for-4 with a triple and single. As he stepped to the plate in the