Kolten Wong homers 3 times as Brewers beat Reds 5-1

by | Sep 22, 2022 | Sports

CINCINNATI — Kolten Wong hit a career-high three homers and drove in five runs, helping Brandon Woodruff and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Thursday night.Wong hit a two-run drive in the second inning against Hunter Greene. He hit another two-run shot in the sixth off Dauri Moreta and a solo drive in the eighth against Joel Kuhnel.Wong has a career-high 15 homers on the season.“I’m definitely not a guy who hits three home runs very often,” Wong said. “I’ve had a chance to do it a couple of times, but I tried to do too much. I just tried not to do too much and keep my swing tight.”Milwaukee finished with just four hits, but each of Wong’s first two homers occurred after leadoff walks.“We had four hits,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Kolton had three, and all three were home runs. That was pretty incredible. He was definitely a one-man show on offense.”The second-place Brewers (80-70) opened a four-game set against lowly Cincinnati with their second straight win. They remained 2 1/2 games back of Philadelphia for the third NL wild card.Woodruff (12-4) struck out 11 in six innings. He allowed three hits and walked two.The 6-foot-4 right-hander has 32 strikeouts in his last three starts — all wins. He has struck out 11 or more batters in three of his four starts against the Reds this season. “I t …

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