It’s been an eventful four games for outfielder Jay Bruce since the Phillies acquired him from the Mariners on Sunday — so eventful, in fact, that he’s already wormed his way into the history books.
After recording three home runs in his first three games with the club, Bruce added a record-setting fourth home run during the Phillies’ series opener against the Reds on Friday. Working against a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning, Bruce lifted a first-pitch curveball from Tommy Mahle for a two-run homer, giving the Phillies their first lead of the night:
The blast traveled 380 feet into the left-field bleachers, marking Bruce’s fourth homer in Philadelphia and 18th on the year. According to Elias Sports Bureau, no other Phillies player in the Modern Era has managed four home runs in their first four games with the team.
The Phillies cemented their 4-2 win over the Reds with a run-scoring error and force out in the fifth and eighth innings, respectively. With the win, they improved to 36-27 in the NL East and continue to maintain a two-game lead over the Braves for first place.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”