CINCINNATI — Keon Broxton homered twice, dashed home on a rundown and made a diving catch in the ninth inning. With the depleted Brewers needing a little help, the newest addition to the roster did it all.
Broxton drove in four runs Friday night, and Chase Anderson pitched two-hit ball for six innings, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Brewers won their seventh straight against the Reds, their best such streak against Cincinnati in franchise history. Milwaukee is 7-1 overall in the season series.
Broxton was called up three days earlier when Lorenzo Cain suffered a groin strain. He had an RBI single, a solo homer , and a two-run shot as the Brewers pulled away with five runs in the ninth inning.
Broxton also scored from third during a rundown play in the eighth inning, going head-first to beat the throw.
Counsell said Braun’s back has bothered him lately. The Brewers are considering whether he’ll need to go on the disabled list.
He tried to play but it just was getting worse as the game went on, Counsell said.
Broxton and Anderson pulled them through.
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Cleveland has also reportedly shown interest in Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard, who would potentially be a younger replacement to James.
Childress was an outstanding college player who averaged better than 19 points for three consecutive seasons and surged into prominence with a dazzling performance in the 1995 ACC Tournament, including 37 points in the title game. But he was more a scorer than a playmaker and not dynamic enough to excel at either spot in the NBA. He played in Italy, France, Australia and Turkey and didn’t retire from the game until earlier this decade.