MILWAUKEE – The chants are sporadic now. If Rowdy Tellez has more moments like this at American Family Field, he’ll surely hear his first name a lot louder.
The 6-foot-4 slugger, one of the hitters imported to Milwaukee last month to reinforce a stagnant offensive, broke off the bench in the seventh inning and kicked off a green start with three runs that included a 4-2 Brewers win against the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon. It could be heard from the stands as he circled the bases: ROW-DY! ROWDY!
There has been a lot to chant lately. After starting 1v12 with the Brewers in sporadic at-bats in his first seven games after a trade from Toronto, Tellez beats .415 (17-for-41) with two doubles, five homers and 15 RBIs above his last 14 games with his new team.
When Brad Boxberger and Devin Williams covered the final two innings without incident, Milwaukee maintained their 7-1 / 2-game lead over runner-up Cincinnati in the National League Central and improved to 4-12 against last-placed Pittsburgh that season another three-game series between the teams next week at PNC Park.
Tellez and the Brewers also spared starter Freddy Peralta a loss on a day when the right-handed was a little shakier than usual, although he still managed to keep the Pirates off to two runs in six innings. Peralta’s ERA over 21 games and 20 starts is 2.21, the second best among the NL qualifiers after Walker Buehler of the Dodgers (2.16).