Thames is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates. It appears manager Craig Counsell is just giving Thames a breather for the day game after the night game, allowing the Brewers to make room at first base for Jesus Aguilar for the first time in six contests. After a big three-game series over the weekend with the Reds, Thames went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's series opener, dropping his average to .232 since the All-Star break.
Thames went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Reds. Thames has feasted on Reds pitching all year, hitting 10 homers in just 12 games against Cincinnati. He had been slumping some coming into the series, and he's been a significant batting-average drain since the beginning of May, but he's tied for sixth in the NL in home runs with 27. The stolen base was his first since May 23.
Thames is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Twins. Thames will retreat to the bench yet again as the Brewers face left-hander Dietrich Enns for the series finale. It's been almost three weeks since the first baseman has provided a multi-hit game, including a 2-for-23 span at the plate over the past week. In his place, Jesus Aguilar picks up the start, batting fifth.
Thames is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Twins. As has typically been the case over the last couple months, Thames will take a seat with a lefty (Adalberto Mejia) on the hill for the opposition. Jesus Aguilar will start at first base and hit fourth. Thames is hitting .209 with 11 home runs and a 77:26 K:BB over his last 191 at-bats.
Thames will be the leadoff hitter for Thursday's series finale against St. Louis. This marks the second time in his career that Thames will be atop the order, the first being in 2011 with Toronto, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. With manager Craig Counsell looking for answers from Milwaukee's lineup, Thames will get a chance to extend his six-game hit streak while attempting to jump-start the Brewers' offense.
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