Win: Tom Gorzelanny (3-4)
Loss: Hisashi Iwakuma (10-6)
HR: Gennett (2)
MVP: Tom Gorzelanny (.314 WPA)
LVP: Norichika Aoki (-.055 WPA)
Coming into the 2013, the Brewers certainly weren't expecting Tom Gorzelanny to be a part of the starting rotation. It was even more unlikely that he would become one of the best starters the team has.
And yet here we are. Gorzelanny had another great performance, going seven strong innings. He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out seven Mariners' hitters. Gorzelanny now has a 2.51 ERA on the season. In six starts, he has a 2.57 ERA. He has been a pleasant surprise this season, it's just a shame it didn't come in a more meaningful season.
Gorzelanny was matched nearly pitch-for-pitch by Hisashi Iwakuma, at least through the first six innings. In fact, for 16 of 18 half-innings, no runs were scored. Through six innings, Iwakuma had allowed just three hits as well, and just one walk. Unfortunately for him, the Brewers figured Iwakuma out in the sixth frame. Boy did they figure him out.
After two singles to lead off the inning, Khris Davis grounded into a fielders choice that failed to record an out, bringing in the first run of the game and put runners on the corners. Juan Francisco followed that up with a double to make it a 2-0 lead before Yuniesky Betancourt knocked in the third run with a single. With runners on first and third, Scooter Gennett hit a long fly ball that just cleared the right field fence for a three run home run, the second long ball of Gennett's career. By my estimate, the ball probably carried about 350-360 feet. It worked though.
With the bases cleared, Milwaukee recorded three quick outs--with a Jonathan Lucroy single sandwiched between--to end the inning. That could have been it right there, but Milwaukee put up a four-spot in the ninth inning with four singles, a double, and a sac fly.
Michael Gonzalez and Tyler Thornburg finished off the eighth and ninth inning with little problem.
Lucroy went 4-5 in the game to lead the way offensively. Juan Francisco also reached base four times, going 3-4 with a walk. Caleb Gindl reached base safely three times and Gennett and Carlos Gomez each picked up a couple hits.
The Brewers and Mariners will go one more tomorrow, with first pitch being scheduled for 3:10 CT.