Win: C.J. Wilson (14-6)
Loss: Rob Wooten (3-1)
Save: Ernesto Frieri (30)
HR: Gomez (19)
MVP: Kyle Lohse (.299 WPA)
LVP: Rob Wooten (-.552 WPA)
You have to hand the Brewers a compliment for one thing today: The offense may have earned just four hits, but they did a fine job of optimizing the run production out of those few hits. They used four walks and an Angels' error to almost pull out a victory.
The Angels scored first blood in the top of the third when Kole Calhoun singled home Mike Trout, who had previously tripled. But the Brewers tied it up right away with some RON ROENICKE BALL! Jeff Bianchi led off with a double, then moved to third on a groundout, bringing Kyle Lohse to the plate. In that situation, as in all situations, one must bunt. It worked this time: Bianchi scored, and Lohse reached base safely.
The Brewers took the lead the next inning, scoring two runs on one hit. Jonathan Lucroy walked and came home on Carlos Gomez's 19th home run of the season. Gomez is the Brewers' best hope for a 20 HR season. Jonathan Lucroy is three away. There isn't another Brewer who is much of a threat to that number.
Just as Marco Estrada was Marco Estrada-esque yesterday, Kyle Lohse was very Kyle Lohse-ian today. He gave up seven hits over six innings, allowing just one walk and striking out only one batter. He kept the Angels off the board for the most part, though, allowing just the one run in the third inning.
Unfortunately Lohse and Gomez's homer weren't enough today. Rookie Rob Wooten has been very good in relief so far this season, but had his second consecutive poor outing today. Wooten gave up three hits and two walks while allowing three runs to surrender the lead in the seventh inning. He secured just two outs.
While the Brewers offense was efficient with what they had, they still weren't very good today. They did put up a fight in the eighth inning, loading the bases with just one out. But Jonathan Lucroy and Khris Davis struck out back-to-back to end the threat after Ernesto Frieri came into the game. Frieri had no trouble in the ninth, giving the Angels the sweep.
The Brewers will now play one more series against the Pirates, with first pitch of that series being scheduled for 1:10 CT Monday.