The North Carolina native was roughed up by Philadelphia in his first turn, yielding four runs and five hits in three frames. "I have lots of blood and urine". Fortunately, as McCalvy reported on, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said "it's not a big deal", and Thames said he expects to be back in the lineup Friday when the Brewers play their next game. But now, everybody in the baseball world knows who he is, because Thames can't stop hitting home runs.

Eric Thames clubbed his franchise best 11th home run in the month of April, helping the Milwaukee Brewers knock off the Cincinnati Reds 9-1 at Miller Park on Tuesday night. Jett Bandy led the team with three hits. He never quite stuck, though, and for the past two-plus seasons, he has been a power-hitting star for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, hitting 34 homers in 2015, 39 previous year and four already this season.

Zach Davies pitched five shutout innings, allowing six base hits to earn the win and improve to 2-2 on the season.

"He's not missing. As the saying goes: You may get one good pitch to hit in your at-bat; you don't want to miss it", Reds manager Bryan Price said.

After enjoying only one truly productive game in his first 15 appearances, Hernan Perez is also beginning to lock in his swing, going 5-for-7 in his most recent at-bats and logging home runs in back to back games while collecting four runs, seven RBI and a stolen base. Chase Anderson will get the ball for the Crew seeking a 3-and-0 start.

Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames scores past Cincinnati Reds catcher Stuart Turner during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 24, 2017, in Milwaukee.

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Brandon Laird. Laird, who last played for the Astros in 2013, was once considered a potential power prospect for the Yankees; he actually hit 134 homers in the Minor Leagues over eight seasons.

Eric Thames is off to such a blistering start that he's been drug tested twice in the past two weeks.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Brewers are -136 money line favorites versus the Reds, who have odds of +123 to pull off the upset in Milwaukee this afternoon. He was hit on the right forearm by a pitch while batting on April 11. "Two of those four home runs that I gave up I made good pitches down in the zone".

Wily Peralta took the hill for the Brewers today, and promptly served up a solo shot to Joey Votto in the first inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.

The Reds this morning activated pitcher Rookie Davis from the 10-day disabled list. He is 4-0 with a 0.91 ERA in his last seven starts against NY dating to June 21, 2015.