Brewers maintain NL Central league through MLB halfway point

Milwaukee holds 1.0 game lead in division
Posted at 4:14 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 17:14:50-04

The Brewers (42-39) host the Miami Marlins for three games beginning Friday night at Miller Park, and at the halfway point of the MLB season, Milwaukee is holding on to a NL Central lead.

Milwaukee maintains a 1.0 game lead over the Chicago Cubs after its six-game road trip at Atlanta and Cincinnati, when they went just 2-4. The Brewers, however, have not been swept all season long, besides a two-game interleague series against Toronto May 23-24.

And the club made history Thursday with a 11-3 thrashing of the Reds, scoring the second-most homers in a single game in Brewers history. It was also the first time Milwaukee went yard that many times since 2007.

The Brewers got Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar back from the disabled list for the Cincinnati series, and both players made an impact, especially in the series finale. Braun began the 11-run barrage with his first-inning solo shot. He now ranks second among active NL outfielders with 294 career home runs. Villar hit two homers in the win as well.

The Marlins (35-42) come to town 11.0 games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East, with an offense that ranks 20th in the MLB with 350 runs scored.