Brewers pound season-high six homers, rout Cubs 11-1

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The Brewers brought in Hunter Renfroe and Andrew McCutcheon for a total commitment of about $16.1 million. By comparison, the Phillies are paying Kyle Schwarber $79 million over four years. So the Phillies win the offseason headlines, but Milwaukee’s under-the-radar moves ensure that the Brewers will be going to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hunter Renfroe hit two of Milwaukee’s season-high six home runs, Adrian Houser struck out six and scattered two hits over six shutout innings and the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1.

Milwaukee’s offense did the bulk of its damage against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (1-2), who tied a season-high by allowing six runs on seven hits and striking out two over 4 1/3 innings.

Jace Peterson began the rout in the 2nd inning, smashing a 2-run home run off of Hendricks to make things 3-0.

Andrew McCutchen followed Peterson’s lead in the 3rd inning with a solo home run, and Christian Yellich and Renfroe added to the scoreline with moonshots in the 5th inning. The Crew led 7-0 after 5 innings.

In what has become something of a trend between the two teams this season, Hendricks hit Kolton Wong with a pitch. That’s the eighth time a player has been hit by a pitch over the four games played between Chicago and Milwaukee. Earlier this month, the teams cleared the benches after the Cubs hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch.

The stellar performance at the plate overshadowed a strong performance on the mound by Brewers pitchers. Houser picked up the win with six strikeouts. The Crew’s bullpen allowed only one hit and tossed three strikeouts over three innings of work.

Milwaukee and Chicago will square up for the second game of the series Saturday. Eric Lauer (1-0, 2.20 ERA) will take the mound for the Brewers while Justin Steele (1-2, 5.40 ERA) will start for the Cubs.