Brewers 1, Marlins 0 (13 innings): Sweep Dreams

Mike McGinnis

The Marlins are so bad that they make the Brewers look good.

Win: John Axford (4-3)
Loss: Ryan Webb (1-4)

HR: Caleb Gindl (1)

MVP: Wily Peralta (.580 WPA)
LVP: Juan Francisco (-.232 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph


It would be hard to have a sweeter first career home run than Caleb Gindl's today. After 12 scoreless innings between the Brewers and Marlins, Gindl sent the fans home happy with a home run off Ryan Webb that snuck just over the left field wall inside the foul pole.

Wily Peralta did his part in getting the game that far. The new battery of Peralta-Maldonado was once again fantastic as Peralta pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. For the second straight outing he also posted encouraging strikeout numbers, fanning seven Marlins batters today.

Both hits against Peralta came in the third inning, with both being singles. In addition, both walks were negated by double-plays. The first was a traditional double play while the second was the less conventional strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out play.

Francisco Rodriguez (who gave up an intentional walk and a hit), Michael Gonzalez, Jim Henderson (allowed a hit) and John Axford (two innings of work) kept the Marlins scoreless the rest of the game. Combined, Brewers pitchers allowed just four hits to Miami.

The Brewers offense wasn't much better with seven hits of their own. The team could not get solid wood against Henderson Alvarez, who allowed five hits and a walk over seven innings, but only struck out one batter. Milwaukee could not drive in any of those baserunners, however.

Gindl was the only Brewer to reach base safely twice, and also had the only two extra base hits today as he hit a double to accompany his homer.

The Brewers have actually kept the Marlins from scoring all series long. Zero runs over 31 innings. In fact, the Marlins have not scored a run in a week thanks to the marvelous Brewers pitching and the All-Star break.

The Brewers will move on to a four game series with the Padres next. Tom Gorzelanny faces off against Andrew Cashner tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 CT.

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