Win: Anthony Swarzak (1-4)
Loss: Tim Dillard (0-2)
HR: Corey Hart (14)
MVP: Kameron Loe (.266 WPA)
LVP: Cody Ranson (-.429 WPA)
Zack Greinke was really good for seven innings today, but was bad for one. The Brewers bullpen was fantastic for 6 innings today, but gave up the winning run in their seventh inning. Nick Blackburn was good for five innings today, but bad for one. The Twins bullpen was great for nine innings today and was just a bit better than the Brewers' 'pen in the end.
Brewers center fielders had a good day, as Nyjer Morgan went 3-4 with two runs and a double and Carlos Gomez went 2-4 with a double. Rickie Weeks also had a nice day, with three hits, including a triple, and a walk.
The Brewers got the game off to a good start, with Aramis Ramirez driving in Nyjer Morgan in the first inning. The Twins tied it up in the third with a run of their own, but Corey Hart hit a three run homer in the fifth inning to give Milwaukee a 4-1 lead. However, in the seventh inning Zak Greinke (who had allowed just a run on seven hits) gave up a walk and four consecutive singles to allow Minnesota to once again tie the game. Greinke pitched one more inning before leaving the game with a final line of 8 IP, 11 hits, 4 ER, 6 K and 2 BB.
That was the end of the offense for a long while. The Brewers bullpen pitched great with Francisco Rodriguez (1 inning), Kameron Loe (2 innings), Jose Veras (1 inning), Tim Dillard (2.2 innings) and Juan Perez (1 batter) all chipping in. None of them were perfect, but they got the job done as the saying goes.
Going into the 15th inning, Tim Dillard was sent back out for a third inning of work. That proved to be the breaking point. Dillard allowed three singles to the first four hitters in the inning, with his only saving grace being the strong arm of Norichiki Aoki, who caught Trevor Plouffe in a rundown between home and third. Dillard was pulled after that in favor of Juan Perez. After a defensive indifference call, Denard Span singled in the winning run.