Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 7: Offense shut out after the 1st

Mike McGinnis

Brandon Kintzler blew a 5-4 lead in the eighth, and the Brewers will have to win tomorrow to take the series.

W: Marshall, 1-0

L: Kintzler, 1-1

HR: Goldschmidt (6), Owings (1), Hill (3)

We could frame this one as the bullpen blowing one, as Brandon Kintzler will get credited with both a blown save and a loss after giving up 3 runs trying to defend a 5-4 lead in the 8th inning. But this game was also about the offense sputtering again after an error-aided 5-run first, barely even getting close to scoring as pitching staff slowly gave away runs and the Brewers fell 7-5 to the Diamondbacks.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a 2-run home run aginst Marco Estrada in the top of the first, but the floodgates finally opened in the bottom half for a season-high 5 run inning. The Brewers certainly did hit Collmenter hard, but a low throw and botched pick by Goldschmidt at first allowed Khris Davis to reach after a hit by Gennett, walk from Lucroy, and single from Overbay scored a run. Jean Segura then cracked a single and Logan Schafer hit a long double over the head of Gerardo Parra in right.

Basically nothing happened after that until the fifth. The Brewers remembered that they couldn't hit Josh Collmenter for some reason and never got very close to scoring. In that fifth inning, the Diamondbacks small-balled in a leadoff walk (via their extreme grit) to make the lead 5-3 on a RBI groundout by Collmenter.

Chris "Not Micah" Owings led off the top of the sixth with his first major league home run. A pair of fantastic defensive plays by Segura to get Estrada through of the inning. The first was a diving stop to his right after which he popped up and made a strong throw to get Goldschmidt. Estrada then issued a walk but got a pop-out, and Segura ranged to his left and made a strong throw to first from behind second base to get Martin Prado.

Tyler Thornburg pitched a scoreless seventh but Brandon Kintzler got in major trouble in the 8th. He left pitches up to three consecutive batters: Paul Goldschmidt doubled to right, Miguel Olivo hit a hard single to drive him in, and then Aaron Hill hit a home run to deep left. In the span of 5 pitches the lead was gone. It's completely out of character for Kintzler, who has not looked the same since returning from the DL and from the looks of it may be heading back there.

The Brewers did not get anything out of the infield against righty specialist Brad Ziegler in the 8th. In the top of the ninth, there was a Wei-Chung Wang sighting as Roenicke let him work to he bottom of the order down only 2 runs. Wang loaded the bases but showed a bit of poise striking out Miguel Montero to get out of the inning.

In the ninth the Brewers fared no better than in the previous 7 innings. Schafer led off the inning with a strikeout, and pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl took a called third strike that was a bit off the edge of the plate but a strikeout nonetheless. Carlos Gomez popped out in foul territory to end the game.

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