Apr 18, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez (16) hits a solo home run in the 6th inning off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano (35) at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
W: Kameron Loe, 1-0
L: Matt Guirrier, 0-1
HR: Ramirez (1)
For the second consecutive night, the Brewers had a walkoff winner at Miller Park. Tonight it was Ryan Braun hitting a 1 out, bases-loaded sacrifice fly to score Nyjer Morgan (on a play in which he *might* have been tagged out at the plate).
The Dodgers scored in the first when Mark Ellis tripled and was driven in a batter later by Matt Kemp's single. The Brewers evened the score in a similar fashion in the second. After Aramis Ramirez was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, Corey Hart reached second when Andre Ethier misplayed his drive to right. Mat Gamel drove in Hart with a 2-out single under Ellis's glove.
Greinke got in a Greinke home groove after the first. In the fourth he worked around Kemp and then got Ethier to fly out with Kemp running. Carlos Gomez easily threw him out from center for the double play. He encountered a rough patch in the fifth, with old friend Jerry Hairston doubling and old friend Tony Gwynn Jr. dropping a single in to center. He got out of the inning fortunate to allow only the one run, getting A.J. Ellis, Capuano (on a sac bunt), and Dee Gordon in order.
Meanwhile, Capuano was looking a lot like his 2005-2006 self in the early innings, that nasty changeup and command of the inside corner working like only Capuano can. The only crisis for him was Aramis Ramirez Harley-Decking a 444 foot home run that must have felt very good for him in the sixth. Capuano exited after six and only threw 82 pitches.
Greinke threw 109 pitches in his 7 innings and pitched very well. He struck out 7 and walked 2. On the account of MLBAM has a stupid rights policy, I can't bring you a breakdown of his pitches tonight until a bit later (and I will look at his pitch selection so far sometime soon, tomorrow hopefully). He started to show signs of running out of gas with two outs in the seventh, when he foolishly walked Tony Gwynn Jr. Gwynn ran on Greinke's 2-1 pitch and Lucroy picked the ball nearly out of the dirt and threw out Gwynn to bail out Greinke.
The eighth was filled with a bit more drama. Francisco Rodriguez came on and did a Francisco Rodriguez thing by allowing a single to Dee Gordon and then walking Mark Ellis, presumably because he was working around Ellis to get to Matt Kemp. He managed to battle back from a 2-1 count against Kemp to strike him out and end the threat. The Brewers wasted a leadoff single by Carlos Gomez with popouts by Braun and Ramirez and then Gomez was thrown out trying to take second.
The extra inning battle involved alternating scoreless innings from John Axford, Kenley Jansen, and Kameron Loe. Jon Lucroy drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the tenth and was replaced by Nyjer Morgan. Cesar Izturis popped out on a sac bunt attempt but Morgan stole second with Weeks batting and took third on a throwing error. Walks to Rickie Weeks and pinch hitter George Kottaras set the stage for Ryan Braun's sac fly. Morgan beat the tag through the Ed Sedar stop sign on a throw that Matt Kemp probably should have made, against the 5-man infield alignment. But it goes down as a win for the Brewers, who are finding a way to get it done on this homestand.