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Watch: Eric Thames mashes milestone home run against Reds

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Eric Thames has dominated the Brewers’ offense this season, returning from a three-year stint in Korea Baseball Organization to mash 26 home runs in an expectation-defying performance. While he’s still quite a few dingers shy of league-leader Giancarlo Stanton, he collected his 27th homer of the season against Reds’ right-hander Kevin Shackelford on Saturday, postmarking a 2-1 heater to the top of the left field wall and tying the game 5-5 in the sixth:

The home run not only positioned the Brewers for a win, but marked the 10th blast Thames has delivered against the Reds. Per MLB.com’s Carson Mason, it’s a new franchise record for the most single-season home runs by a Brewers player against any single opponent.

Thames’ record-setting home run was followed by three shutdown innings from both bullpens, during which neither the Reds nor the Brewers were able to capitalize on run-scoring opportunities in the eighth and ninth. They’re currently tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.