Win: Wily Peralta (5-5)
Loss: Kevin Correia (2-7)
Save: Francisco Rodriguez (18)
HR: Orlando Arcia (4), Carlos Gomez (12), Khris Davis (10), Jonathan Lucroy (4)
With the Brewers choosing three incredibly talented high school players in the 2014 MLB draft, it's easy to forget that the big league team also had a game to play today, as well.
While the next generation of Brewers stars are just getting their starts, the current team just keeps on winning, despite falling to an early deficit against the Twins. Minnesota outfielder Orlando Arcia put his team on top 4-0 in the third inning with a grand slam off Wily Peralta. Fortunately for Milwaukee, those were the only runs Peralta allowed over five innings pitched.
Carlos Gomez immediately put the Brewers back into contention in the fourth inning. After Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy led off the frame with two singles, Gomez hit a rocket over the outfield wall to cut the lead to one. Two innings later, the Brewers took the lead on a Khris Davis two-run homer, scoring Aramis Ramirez. Jean Segura extended the lead to two with an RBI single later in the sixth.
The Twins did stage a bit of a comeback, cutting the lead to 6-5 when Josmil Pinto doubled home Josh Willingham in the eighth against Will Smith. That was just the third earned run Smith has allowed all year. With runners on second and third, Smith got Eduardo Escobar to fly out for to end the inning and preserve the lead, however.
In the ninth, Jonathan Lucroy made the team's one-run lead into a three-run lead when he hit a two-run homer, scoring Ryan Braun. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a clean bottom of the ninth for his 18th save of the season, and his first since May 16.
Braun went 3-5 today, with a pair of runs scored and a double. Lucroy and Lyle Overbay both had a couple of hits. Milwaukee did not draw a walk.
So, to recap: The Brewers drafted a pitcher with Chris Sale upside, a shortstop who has been compared to Carlos Correa and Manny Machado, and an outfielder who was perhaps the most athletic player available. They then capped it off with an 8-5 win, extending their lead in the NL Central to five games.
Oh yeah, and the Cardinals lost. Today was a good day.