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Brewers 8, Nationals 5: Big inning secures victory

The Brewers used a five-run inning to win this one.

Mark Hirsch

Win: John Axford (5-4)
Loss: Fernando Abed (0-3)
Save: Henderson (15)

HR: LaRoche (16), Rendon (5)

MVP: Juan Francisco (.199 WPA)
LVP: John Axford (-.055 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

Interestingly enough, Kyle Lohse was actually probably worse today than we are accustomed to him being over the last two months. That's pretty good, considering he gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk over five innings.

Lohse had been on track for the loss. The Nationals scored three runs in the top of the second thanks in part to an error by Jonathan Lucroy. Milwaukee got one back in the bottom half of the frame when Juan Francisco hit an RBI groundouts to bring in Caleb Gindl after Gindl had tripled.

That would be all the scoring while Lohse was in the game. He would miss out on most of the Brewers run support today. The inning after he was pulled, the Brewers offense put a five-spot on the board. The Brewers led off the inning with two hits and a walk to load the bases before Carlos Gomez hit a sac fly to bring Milwaukee within a run. Khris (whom my phone autocorrects to Khrushchev) Davis pinch-hit for Caleb Gindl and hit an RBI infield single. Juan Francisco then doubled in a run before Jeff Bianchi finished off the scoring with a two run bloop single. Washington had scored one more run in the top of the sixth, so when all was said and done, the Brewers held a 6-4 lead after six.

Both teams scored one more in the seventh, with the Brewers tagging on an extra run in the eighth as well to take a three run lead. Jim Henderson hit Anthony Rendon with a pitch, but otherwise threw a perfect ninth.

Despite a high run tally, just one Brewer reached base successfully multiple times. That was Logan Schafer, who singled twice.