Yelich homers, Miley wins debut, Brewers sweep Reds 3-1

CINCINNATI (AP) Wade Miley made a positive first impression in his debut with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Miley pitched six effective innings, Christian Yelich homered and the Brewers swept the sloppy Cincinnati Reds with a 3-1 win on Wednesday night.

''I would like to have been a little sharper, but the shutdown innings were huge,'' said Miley, who retired his last seven batters. ''I didn't command the ball well inside. They were hitting it hard, but they were hitting it at people. I battled.''

Yelich hit a tiebreaking drive to right off Luis Castillo (1-4) in the fifth. It was his first homer since April 22 and No. 3 in his first season with Milwaukee.

Miley and Yelich helped make up for the loss of slugger Ryan Braun, who departed in the sixth inning when his bothersome right calf stiffened up. Manager Craig Counsell said he thinks Braun will be ready for Milwaukee's next game on Friday.

Miley (1-0) allowed one run and three hits. The veteran left-hander agreed to a minor league deal with the Brewers in February and was promoted ahead of the finale of the three-game set, replacing Brent Suter in the rotation.

It was Miley's first major league win since Aug. 27 for Baltimore. He went 0-5 with a 9.74 ERA in his last five starts with the Orioles last season.

Dan Jennings got three outs before Jeremy Jeffress worked two innings for this second save in two nights.

''We pitched extremely well,'' Counsell said. ''Wade did a really nice job. He fell behind, but he was able to come back and keep them off balance. Length was important. Those six innings were needed.''

Cincinnati committed three errors while slipping to 7-24, matching the franchise's worst 31-game start. It also lost 24 of its first 31 games in 1931 and 1934.

Castillo allowed nine hits in six innings, but permitted just two runs. He struck out seven and walked one after failing to record an out in the second inning of his last start.

''I made a change in my mechanics,'' Castillo said. ''It was working well. I believe in my changeup. It is my best pitch. It was working well tonight. I was working on getting my arm straight up. I believe I can throw the changeup in any count.''

Devin Mesoraco doubled in Eugenio Suarez in the fourth, but that was it for the Reds. They finished with just four hits.

The Brewers jumped in front when Orlando Arcia singled in Jesus Aguilar with two out in the second on a sharp one-hopper up the line that glanced off first baseman Joey Votto's glove and trickled into foul territory.

Manny Pina made it 3-1 in the eighth when he drove in Hernan Perez with a fielder's choice.

Yelich, Aguilar, Arcia and Domingo Santana each had two hits for Milwaukee, which earned its first series sweep in Cincinnati since a three-game set in July 2015. The Brewers were coming off a four-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs before visiting the lowly Reds, but bounced back to finish 5-4 on their nine-game road trip.

''Everybody was freaking out after the Chicago series, but that was a perfect storm,'' third baseman Travis Shaw said. ''A 5-4 road trip? We'll take it every time.''

NETTING TO IT

Pina lost his grip on a second-inning swing, sending his black bat pinwheeling right into the net above the third-base dugout that was installed for this season.

ON-BASE MACHINE

Jesse Winker has reached base at least once in 19 consecutive games, Cincinnati's longest streak of the season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: Shaw left after the top of the second inning with a bruised right foot.

Reds: RHP Michael Lorenzen turned in what interim manager Jim Riggleman described as a ''significant'' bullpen session on Tuesday and could be back by mid-May. Lorenzen has been out all season with a sore shoulder.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (2-1) is the scheduled starter for the opener of a three-game set against visiting Pittsburgh on Friday.

Reds: RHP Sal Romano (1-3), who has a 2.87 ERA while going 1-2 over his last three starts, will start for Cincinnati on Friday in the opener of the three-game series against Miami.

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  • W: W. Miley (1-0)L: L. Castillo (1-4)S: J. Jeffress (2)
  • HR: MIL - C. Yelich (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Villar 2B50100024.269.306.333.6392.0
C. Yelich CF-LF51211003.282.360.462.8218.0
R. Braun LF30000011.250.294.460.754-0.5
B. Phillips CF20000023.100.100.100.200-1.0
T. Shaw 3B10000010.241.331.473.804-0.5
H. Perez 3B41100013.200.226.350.5761.5
J. Aguilar 1B41200012.377.417.566.9832.5
D. Santana RF40200022.247.327.278.6061.0
M. Pina C40010014.172.250.293.5430.5
J. Jeffress P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Arcia SS40210001.228.260.326.5874.0
W. Miley P20100002.500.500.5001.0001.0
a- L. Cain PH00000100.279.397.462.8581.0
D. Jennings P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
J. Bandy C10100000.191.269.298.5671.0
  • a-walked for Miley in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker RF-LF30000102.302.413.384.7971.0
J. Peraza SS40100001.294.317.395.7121.0
J. Votto 1B40000003.259.396.389.7840.0
E. Suarez 3B21000201.315.415.5931.0083.0
A. Duvall LF40000012.163.248.356.604-0.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Mesoraco C40110000.237.293.368.6613.0
A. Blandino 2B20100200.260.327.320.6473.0
L. Castillo P20000022.364.364.455.818-1.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- S. Gennett PH10000001.293.339.405.7440.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Schebler RF10000001.304.350.518.8680.0
B. Hamilton CF30100013.191.290.266.5560.5
  • a-grounded out for Garrett in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (3), O. Arcia (3)
  • HR - C. Yelich (3)
  • RBI - C. Yelich (10), M. Pina (5), O. Arcia (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Mesoraco (2)
  • RBI - D. Mesoraco (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (6)
FIELDING
  • E - O. Arcia (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Winker (3)
  • E - A. Blandino (3), J. Peraza (2), E. Suarez
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley (W, 1-0)6.03113401.501.0023.0
D. Jennings (H, 5)1.00001001.931.002.0
J. Jeffress (S, 2)2.01001000.520.7511.0
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley (W, 1-0)6.0
D. Jennings (H, 5)1.0
J. Jeffress (S, 2)2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 1-4)6.09221717.011.677.5
A. Garrett1.00000202.080.984.0
J. Hughes1.03110102.121.12-0.5
W. Peralta0.20000104.201.470.5
R. Iglesias0.10000002.131.030.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (L, 1-4)6.0
A. Garrett1.0
J. Hughes1.0
W. Peralta0.2
R. Iglesias0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 97-58, D. Jennings 14-7, J. Jeffress 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 8-6, D. Jennings 2-1, J. Jeffress 3-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 24, D. Jennings 4, J. Jeffress 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 106-67, A. Garrett 11-8, J. Hughes 21-15, W. Peralta 12-7, R. Iglesias 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 8-2, J. Hughes 2-0, W. Peralta 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 27, A. Garrett 3, J. Hughes 6, W. Peralta 3, R. Iglesias
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Villar 2B50100024.269.306.333.6392.0
C. Yelich CF-LF51211003.282.360.462.8218.0
R. Braun LF30000011.250.294.460.754-0.5
B. Phillips CF20000023.100.100.100.200-1.0
T. Shaw 3B10000010.241.331.473.804-0.5
H. Perez 3B41100013.200.226.350.5761.5
J. Aguilar 1B41200012.377.417.566.9832.5
D. Santana RF40200022.247.327.278.6061.0
M. Pina C40010014.172.250.293.5430.5
J. Jeffress P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Arcia SS40210001.228.260.326.5874.0
W. Miley P20100002.500.500.5001.0001.0
a- L. Cain PH00000100.279.397.462.8581.0
D. Jennings P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
J. Bandy C10100000.191.269.298.5671.0
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  • a-walked for Miley in the 7th
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J. Winker RF-LF30000102.302.413.384.7971.0
J. Peraza SS40100001.294.317.395.7121.0
J. Votto 1B40000003.259.396.389.7840.0
E. Suarez 3B21000201.315.415.5931.0083.0
A. Duvall LF40000012.163.248.356.604-0.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Mesoraco C40110000.237.293.368.6613.0
A. Blandino 2B20100200.260.327.320.6473.0
L. Castillo P20000022.364.364.455.818-1.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- S. Gennett PH10000001.293.339.405.7440.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Schebler RF10000001.304.350.518.8680.0
B. Hamilton CF30100013.191.290.266.5560.5
Total3014105416-----
  • a-grounded out for Garrett in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (3), O. Arcia (3)
  • HR - C. Yelich (3)
  • RBI - C. Yelich (10), M. Pina (5), O. Arcia (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Mesoraco (2)
  • RBI - D. Mesoraco (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (6)
FIELDING
  • E - O. Arcia (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Winker (3)
  • E - A. Blandino (3), J. Peraza (2), E. Suarez
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley (W, 1-0)6.03113401.501.0023.0
D. Jennings (H, 5)1.00001001.931.002.0
J. Jeffress (S, 2)2.01001000.520.7511.0
Total9.0411540---
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley (W, 1-0)6.0
D. Jennings (H, 5)1.0
J. Jeffress (S, 2)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 1-4)6.09221717.011.677.5
A. Garrett1.00000202.080.984.0
J. Hughes1.03110102.121.12-0.5
W. Peralta0.20000104.201.470.5
R. Iglesias0.10000002.131.030.0
Total9.012331111---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (L, 1-4)6.0
A. Garrett1.0
J. Hughes1.0
W. Peralta0.2
R. Iglesias0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 97-58, D. Jennings 14-7, J. Jeffress 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 8-6, D. Jennings 2-1, J. Jeffress 3-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 24, D. Jennings 4, J. Jeffress 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 106-67, A. Garrett 11-8, J. Hughes 21-15, W. Peralta 12-7, R. Iglesias 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 8-2, J. Hughes 2-0, W. Peralta 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 27, A. Garrett 3, J. Hughes 6, W. Peralta 3, R. Iglesias
  • 8TH INNING
    Pina reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Perez scored, Pina to second, Aguilar out at second on 2nd baseman Blandino fielding error31
  • 5TH INNING
    Yelich homered to right21
  • 4TH INNING
    Mesoraco doubled to left center, Suarez scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Arcia reached on an infield single to first, Aguilar scored, Santana to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hughes Pitching:
    • J. Bandy: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bandy singled to left
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Jared Hughes
    • J. Villar: Villar reached on fielder's choice to third, Bandy to third on 3rd baseman Suarez fielding error
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar stole second, Ball, Yelich grounded out to third
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
    • Scott Schebler in right
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Perez lined out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • J. Jeffress Pitching:
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mesoraco grounded out to second
    • A. Blandino: Foul, Ball, Blandino reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Schebler grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Blandino out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jared Hughes pitching
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to center
    • J. Aguilar: Aguilar singled to deep left, Perez to third
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • M. Pina: Ball, Foul, Pina reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Perez scored, Pina to second, Aguilar out at second on 2nd baseman Blandino fielding error
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Jeremy Jeffress pitching
    • Jett Bandy catching
    • J. Peraza: Strike swinging, Peraza lined out to pitcher
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Votto grounded out to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Suarez walked
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Duvall popped out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Lorenzo Cain hit for Wade Miley
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
    • Amir Garrett relieved Luis Castillo
    • J. Villar: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Yelich popped out to second
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Jennings pitching
    • A. Blandino: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Blandino walked
    • Scooter Gennett hit for Amir Garrett
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Foul, Gennett grounded out to pitcher, Blandino to second
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton grounded out to shortstop, Blandino to third
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Winker lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Ball, Santana singled to center
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Pina grounded into double play third to second to first, Santana out at second
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Arcia lined out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Phillips in center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Suarez lined out to right
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Duvall grounded out to third
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mesoraco grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Yelich homered to right
    • R. Braun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Braun lined out to center
    • H. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Winker flied out to deep left
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Peraza grounded out to third
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • M. Pina: Ball, Pina grounded out to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Arcia doubled to deep right center
    • W. Miley: Miley reached on an infield single to shortstop, Arcia to third
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Suarez walked
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco doubled to left center, Suarez scored
    • A. Blandino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Blandino walked
    • L. Castillo: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Villar singled to right, Villar out at second
    • C. Yelich: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Yelich doubled to left center
    • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Braun grounded out to third
    • H. Perez: Foul, Perez safe at first on shortstop Peraza fielding error, Yelich to third
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • L. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton singled to right center
    • J. Winker: Pickoff attempt, Winker fouled out to third
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza singled to left, Hamilton to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Votto lined out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Aguilar singled to left
    • D. Santana: Ball, Santana singled to right, Aguilar to third
    • M. Pina: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pina struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arcia reached on an infield single to first, Aguilar scored, Santana to third
    • W. Miley: Miley grounded into fielder's choice to second, Arcia out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hernan Perez at third
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Duvall flied out to center
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mesoraco grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Blandino: Ball, Blandino grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Villar grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Yelich grounded out to first
    • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Winker walked
    • J. Peraza: Pickoff attempt, Peraza flied out to deep center
    • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Votto reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Votto to second, Winker out at second on shortstop Arcia fielding error
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Suarez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)