W: Mark Rogers (1-1)
L: Justin Germano (2-3)
HR: Jonathan Lucroy (7,8), Carlos Gomez (12), Josh Vitters (1)
MVP: Lucroy (+.206)
LVP: Ryan Braun (-.104)
Congratulations on your first major league win, Mark Rogers!
A prolific fifth inning, most of it coming with two outs, took the Brewers (and Mark Rogers) from losing 3-1 to leading 9-3. Did you think you'd see a snowman in August?
Carlos Gomez led off the inning with a single. He took off for second to save a double play on Jean Segura's groundout. Travis Ishikawa singled and Gomez headed home. The throw home got caught under Gomez and ended up in the Brewers dugout. Ishikawa ended up at third. He scored on Aoki's sac fly to tie the game.
And then the fun began.
Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun singled and Aramis Ramirez walked to load the bases with two outs. Corey Hart's single scored Weeks and Braun - Brewers 5, Cubs 3. Jonathan Lucroy notched his second ever multi-homerun game when he hit a three run homer to bring home Hart and Ramirez. Carlos Gomez, who you'll remember led off the inning, hit a solo shot, making it 9-3 Brewers.
Every lineup regular had a hit - Aoki led the way with three. Lucroy's two home runs gave him four RBI. The team ended up with fourteen hits overall.
It didn't look good earl on for Rogers, who's steady diet of sliders came back to bite him when Josh Vitters hit one out in the fifth. In the second inning, Rogers threw seven pitches to Vitters - six of them were sliders. He induced a pop out. When he faced Vitters again in the fifth, he gave him four fastballs before going back to the slider - it was one slider too many. Vitter was prepared for it and hit it out.
Rogers pitched five innings and was lifted for the pinch hitter in that explosive fifth - he was at 90 pitches. He struggled a bit early - it took him 49 pitches to get through the first two innings. But he showed some resilience when he allowed just one run in the second after loading the bases with no outs. He ended his night with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Carlos Gomez had another outfield assist in the top of the ninth when he played a carom off the right center wall perfectly and threw Luis Valbuena out at second base. It was a great play by both Gomez and Jean Segura, who was set up as the cut-off, but realized Gomez would have a play and got back to cover second.
Kam Loe pitched a clean sixth, but Mike McClendon struggled in the seventh, getting just one out and giving up a run before being pulled for Manny Parra, who finished it cleanly. From there Jose Veras and Livan Hernandez closed out the game. Hernandez did have a wild pitch to let in a run in the top of the ninth.