Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 8: Bizarro Pitching Night

First baseman Corey Hart will not make this play probably ever.

Win: Zack Greinke (5-2)
Loss: Wade Miley (6-1)
Save: JJ Putz (10)

HR: McDonald (2)

MVP: Mike McClendon (.152 WPA)
LVP: Zack Greinke (-.716 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

Zack Greinke came into this game with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.76 FIP. He left after 2.1 innings, ten hits, and seven earned runs.

Wade Miley came into this game with a 2.14 ERA and 3.28 FIP. He made it six innings, but allowed five runs, three of which were earned.

Both starting pitchers had been great, both were fairly terrible today. For Greinke, it was part luck, part just plain old getting hit hard. Everything the Diamondbacks made contact on seemed to fall for a hit, especially against Greinke. Whether they were finding holes or whether they were texas leaguers, Arizona pinned 10 hits on Greinke in a very short period of time. They also earned some three walks off of him, too. That includes a bases loaded walk that brought in a run. It just wasn't Greinke's night tonight, no matter how you looked at it.

The Brewers were able to do some damage early, with Jonathan Lucroy singling in Corey Hart, who led off the game with a double. They also put a four spot on the board in the third inning. Norichiki Aoki tripled, then scored on a Ryan Braun groundout. Following a Lucroy double and Rickie Weeks walk, new Brewer and former Diamondback doubled to bring in both men. Finally, a throwing error brought in Ransom to score.

The top of the third inning gave Milwaukee a nice 5-2 lead. Then Greinke blew up and allowed five runs to score in the bottom of the third. Freshly called up Mike McClendon did damage control and allowed just three hits in 2.2 innings, but the game was already out of hand. The Brewers failed to pick up a hit in the last four innings and went down with nary a whimper.

Cody Ransom had an interesting day. He provided that two-run double, but also struck out three times. Jonathan Lucroy and Norichiki Aoki were the only Brewers to pick up two hits. Meanwhile, Rickie Weeks went 0-2 with two walks and just one strikeout.

Another day another game as the Brewers face off with the Diamondbacks one more time tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 as Randy Wolf faces off against the returning Dan Hudson. Oh boy.

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