HR: Francisco (7), Schierholtz (11), Weeks 2 (7,8)
MVP: Rickie Weeks (.232 WPA)
LVP: Logan Schafer (-.080 WPA)
With a solid start from Kyle Lohse tonight, the Brewers needed just a little bit of offense to pull out the victory and Rickie Weeks gave them more than enough all by himself. Weeks had a huge night with three hits and two home runs on his way to collecting four RBIs.
The Brewers got on the board first tonight in the second inning. After a groundout from Aramis Ramirez, Juan Francisco connected with a ball that sounded like a popup off the bat and looked like a popup, but somehow managed to get over the wall in right field.
In the very next inning, Nate Schierholtz showed Francisco how you actually hit a home run to right field. After singles from Edwin Jackson and Darwin Barney, Schierholtz deposited a ball over the right field wall. It probably only went 10 feet over the wall, but compared to Francisco's home run the inning before it seemed like a moonshot.
Through the first four innings, the Brewers struggled to do much of anything against Edwin Jackson. The few base runners they managed to put on base were promptly picked off by either Jackson or Welington Castillo. This came to an end in the fifth inning.
Down 3-1, the Brewers gave themselves the lead for good in the fifth inning. Francisco started the inning with a walk and promptly scored on a Rickie Weeks double that got cut off on the warning track. Francisco ran through a stop sign from Ed Sedar and scored mainly because of Cody Ransom's bobble on the relay to home. After a Logan Schafer groundout and wild pitch, Caleb Gindl was able to score Rickie Weeks on a ground ball through the middle with the infield in.
With one out, Lohse bunted over Gindl to second. After an Aoki walk, Jean Segura scored Gindl from second on a double to right field, which Jonathan Lucroy followed with a single to left field to score both Aoki and Segura. When Aramis Ramirez ended the inning with a strikeout, the Brewers had scored five runs and given Lohse all the run support he would need for the evening.
Lohse didn't have his best stuff tonight, but he was able to dance around some trouble in a couple of innings to put together seven quality innings. Lohse gave up three runs on eight hits and zero walks, while also striking out three.
Though six runs would have been enough, Rickie Weeks felt compelled to add some more. In the sixth inning, Weeks hit a laser beam home run to right center that scored Francisco, who was on base for the third time in the game. After a scoreless seventh, Weeks came back up in the eighth inning and crushed a ball to center field for his second home run, third hit, and fourth RBI of the night. What a night for Weeks.
The Brewers will take on the Cubs for the second game of their three game series at Miller Park. Yovani Gallardo will face Scott Feldman, who has put together a nice start to the season with a 3.39 ERA. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.