HR: Willingham (9), Hicks (5), Doumit (4)
MVP: Jean Segura (.502)
LVP: Yuniesky Betancourt (-.320)
After four hours and 43 minutes, there was finally a winner in Miller Park tonight. Sadly, it wasn't the Brewers.
With Brewers starters struggling recently and very few options for long relief in the bullpen, the Brewers needed Alfredo Figaro to give the Brewers a decent outing in his first start of the season and that's exactly what he did. Though the game may not have started off the way he might have wanted, Figaro was able to battle through a rough second inning and give the Brewers five innings. They weren't spectacular innings, but they were five innings that the Brewers needed.
Figaro gave up two runs to the Twins in both the second and fourth innings. In the second inning, Figaro was stung on an inside fastball to Ryan Doumit. Doumit crushed the ball to center and gave the Twins a 2-0 lead. Figaro was hurt by the home run ball again in the fourth as he gave up solo home runs to Josh Willingham and Aaron Hicks.
Facing a four run deficit in the fourth, the Brewers put together some hits and chopped the Twins lead down to only one. Jean Segura and Ryan Braun started off the inning with singles to put two runners on for Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez doubled to left center to score both Segura and Braun. After a flyout by Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy doubled to give the Brewers their third run of the inning.
The Brewers would even the score at four in the fifth inning. With two outs, Segura hit his third single of the night to keep the inning alive. Braun followed with a triple to right field that bounced off the wall and almost decapitated Ryan Doumit. Segura scored from first to tie the game.
The game remained even until the eighth inning when the Twins were able to pull ahead. Brandon Kintzler started off the inning with a strikeout against Jamey Carroll, but then gave up a single to Brian Dozier and walks to Joe Mauer and Willingham. With the bases loaded, Justin Morneau flew out to left field, but scored Dozier on a sacrifice fly.
Down a run in the ninth, the Brewers were able to tie the game and force extra innings due to the brilliance of Segura. After Yuniesky Betancourt struck out swinging, pinch hitter Jeff Bianchi was hit by a pitch and Norichika Aoki singled to right to bring up Segura. Segura, already 4-for-4 on the night, singled to center on a ball that was trapped by Hicks in center field and scored Bianchi from second. Bianchi shouldn't have been running that aggressively on a ball struck that well to center field, but he got lucky and the ball fell just short of Hicks.
After Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless tenth and Mike Fiers pitched three hitless innings, the Brewers turned to Burke Badenhop in the top of the 14th inning. Badenhop surrendered a double to Hicks to start the inning. The Twins promptly sacrificed Hicks over to third on a bunt from Pedro Florimon. The next batter, Eduardo Escobar, flew out to left field and Hicks scored from third to give the Twins a one-run lead.
With two outs in the 14th, Segura gave the Brewers one last chance as he collected his sixth hit of the game. Segura joined Brewers legends Johnny Briggs (1973) and Kevin Reimer (1993) as the only Brewers to collect six hits in one game. With Segura on first and a chance to win the game, Braun grounded out to the shortstop and Brewers fans were finally able to go to sleep to dream of happier times.
The Brewers and Twins will both travel to Minnesota as they face off again tomorrow at Target Field. Marco Estrada will face off against Samuel Deduno, who will be making just his second start of the season. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.