Win: Phil Dumatrait (1-1)
Loss: Kameron Loe (2-7)
Save: Glen Perkins (1)
HR: Kotsay (1), Weeks (15), Thome (6), Tosoni (2)
MVP: Mark Kotsay (.177)
LVP: Kameron Loe (-.579)
Yesterday, the Brewers came back from a big deficit to win the game. Today, it was the Twins turn. The Brewers took a 6-1 lead after a magnificent five run third inning, only to give up a three run homer to the Twins in the bottom half of that frame. Then another run in the fifth. And finally, four runs in the seventh inning, totaling up to a final score of 7-9 in favor of Minnesota.
Mark Kotsay had an interesting day. He finally managed to hit his first home run of the year (an upper decker to right field!) and followed that up with a two run triple to spark the Brewers big fifth inning. Awesome, right? Well, then he helped blow the game by misplaying a Danny Valencia hit in the ninth inning that allowed three runs to score when a mere one would have crossed the plate had he made a clean play. So, instead of the game being tied, Kotsay's error put the Twins up by two. It really wasn't a difficult play either. It was a pretty ordinary single hit to right field that Kotsay let go under his glove. So despite having probably his best offensive game of the season, the veteran still managed to help the Brewers lose.
The Brewers did manage a last gasp in the ninth as Rickie Weeks singled, Nyjer Morgan reached first on a fielders choice (Week's getting forced out), and Corey Hart singled. That brought Prince Fielder to the plate with two on, but the Twins brought in lefty Glen Perkins who promptly struck Prince out. The Brewers brought in Casey McGehee to pinch hit and he fought off a couple tough pitches, but still fell to a strikeout.
Zack Greinke wasn't at his best, going six innings and allowing five runs (four earned), including two home runs. He allowed five hits and walked a whole two batters! He also only struck out nine Twins batters.
Milwaukee finally gets to go home again, starting a series against the Diamondbacks tomorrow afternoon.