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Bullpen & offensive struggles lead to Brewers third straight loss, fall to Diamondbacks 3-1

Wild pitch by Mike Gonzalez allows the deciding runs to score, while Jean Segura provides the only offense with his first career home run.

Aramis Ramirez had to leave the game after this awkward slide.
Aramis Ramirez had to leave the game after this awkward slide.
Mike McGinnis

WP: Wade Miley (1-0)
LP: Burke Badenhop (0-1)
SV: J.J. Putz (1)

HR: Jean Segura (1)

MVP: Kyle Lohse (+.249 WPA)
LVP: Jonathan Lucroy (-.209 WPA)

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It was another rough night for the bullpen. The Brewers offense also got beat up a bit tonight.

Let's start with the good pitching. In Kyle Lohse's first start, he gave the Brewers a pitching performance that they needed. He went six innings, allowing one run on five hits. He did not walk any batters, and struck out the first five batters he faced (but no batters after that). He threw 87 pitches, 61 of them for strikes. Had he not missed spring, he probably could have pitched another inning or two. However, his pitch count ended his day there.

However, the Diamondbacks starter, Wade Miley, matched Kyle Lohse with his start. He also only allowed one run in six innings, though he struck out eight and walked one. The only run he allowed was on Jean Segura's first career home run.

The game remained tied at 1 until the seventh inning. Burke Badenhop came in and allowed a walk and a single, with one out coming on a sacrifice bunt. Mike Gonzalez came in and walked Cliff Pennington to load the bases. Alfredo Marte struck out for the second out of the inning, but a wild pitch to Gerardo Parra bounced to the Brewers dugout and allowed two runs to score. Yuniesky Betancourt could have helped on the play, but did not and the second run scored as a result.

Tom Gorzelanny came in and pitched a clean inning in the eighth for the Brewers. Brandon Kintzler followed with a clean ninth inning. Meanwhile, on the Diamondbacks side, Brad Ziegler, David Hernandez, and J.J. Putz all pitched scoreless innings to keep the Brewers off the board.

Overall, it was a rough day for the offense as well. The only run was scored on Segura's home run. The Brewers did manage seven hits and three walks, but couldn't take advantage of the opportunities when they had them.

Two injury notes for the game. First, Ryan Braun was scratched before the game due to neck spasms. No word on how long this will keep him out yet, though it doesn't seem to be any worse than a day-to-day injury. He did have a batting helmet on in the ninth inning, so he may have been available to hit.

Second, on Ramirez's single, he tried to stretch it into a double and slid awkwardly. He was on the ground for a few minutes, but ended up leaving under his own power. Report from the Brewers is it is a left knee sprain, which is the same knee which he injured during the spring. There is currently no word on how long this will keep him out, though he missed two weeks during the spring because of a similar injury.

The series against the Diamondbacks will continue tomorrow at 6:10 pm. Mike Fiers makes his first start of the season for the Brewers, and Patrick Corbin will start for the Diamondbacks.