MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 16: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning on June 16, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
WP: Michael Fiers (2-2)
LP: Liam Hendricks (0-3)
It's been a while since the Brewers got one of those games where they seemed to dominate from start to finish. Today, they got one of those.
The scoring got stared in the second inning today. Rickie Weeks led off in the second inning with a single, and Taylor Green reached base on an error by Jamey Carroll, which also allowed Rickie Weeks to get to third base. After an out from Cody Ransom, Martin Maldonado laid a bunt down that looked like it should be a squeeze bunt, but Weeks did not run. The end result was a sacrifice bunt to keep runners at second and third. It would be covered by Aoki, though, as he hit a single to right field that scored both of them to make it a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Ryan Braun led off the inning and hit a home run to right center field to make it a 3-0 game. Aramis Ramirez followed him and hit the first pitch out to left center field to increase the lead to 4-0. It was the first time the Brewers had hit back-to-back home runs since April 13th, when Alex Gonzalez and George Kottaras went back-to-back. It's also something we've wanted to see all season from those two.
The Twins cut into the lead a little in the bottom half of the third inning with an RBI single from Ben Revere, making it 4-1. In the fifth inning, Ryan Braun came up again and hit his second home run of the game, a shot to the Brewers bullpen in left center field to make it a 5-1 game. It was Braun's 14th multi home run game of his career, and another great game from him. He finished the day going 3 for 4 with two home runs, a double, and a walk.
Cody Ransom also helped the cause today with a solo home run. It was his fifth of the season and his first as a Brewer. It was more than enough for Michael Fiers, who had an outstanding start today. He pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.
Manny Parra came in for the eighth inning, and allowed three straight baserunners to reach on two walks and a hit. The hit came from Josh Willingham and made it a 6-2 game. Following that, Parra got a double-play from Justin Morneau and a flyout from Ryan Doumit to end the inning with no more damage.
Jose Veras came in to finish it up in the ninth inning. He allowed a walk to Trevor Plouffe (who walked three times in the game), but followed it up with a popup from Brian Dozier, a strikeout on Darin Mastroianni (which included a review on a foul ball that was almost a home run), and a groundout from pinch hitter Joe Mauer to end the game.
The Brewers now have a great chance to sweep the series tomorrow afternoon. Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Brewers, facing off against Nick Blackburn. First pitch is at 1:10 PM. For those of you outside the Milwaukee and Minnesota blackout zones, it's the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day.