Win: Mike Minor (2-2)
Loss: Wily Peralta (4-3)
HR: Khris Davis (5), Ryan Braun (7), Freddie Freeman (9), Ryan Doumit (1), Justin Upton (11)
In the top of the eighth inning, Ryan Braun hit a solo home run to right field that cut the Braves 4-2 lead to just a run. The Brewers, in a fit of masochism, decided to put Wei-Chung Wang in the game. In a one-run game. In a close, potentially-winnable baseball game.
Wang proceeded to give up five earned runs on four hits and two walks, including two home runs. He did strike out two batters at least, I guess, but couldn't make it through a whole inning as he tossed the game away.Because he couldn't make it through the eighth, the Brewers brought in none other than Lyle Overbay to secure the final out. Which he did by getting Ryan Doumit to pop up on his sixth pitch.
At that point, the game was already over, though. The Brewers never led after Wily Peralta gave up a run in each of the first three innings. It was probably his worst outing of the year as he allowed nine hits and four walks while lasting just five innings. In all likelihood, he's lucky the damage against him wasn't worse. The Braves seemed to have Peralta fully figured out.
His only run support came in the form of a two-run Khris Davis homer, the only Brewers runs other than the Braun home run later in the game. Milwaukee may have had a better chance at the game had the Braves not pushed across run number four in the sixth. Zach Duke came on in relief and allowed a pair of singles before Justin Upton flew out for out number one. Or so it appeared. The ump called catcher's interference on the play, loading the bases without an out recorded. A sacrifice fly later would score a run. Again, the Brewers were likely the damage wasn't worse in that frame.
It was not Maldonado's day today. He had a pair of errors to go with an 0-3 night at the plate. He also struck out twice. Davis (2-4), Jonathan Lucroy (3-4) and Carlos Gomez (1-4 with a walk) were the only Brewers to reach base safely multiple times.
The two teams will play again tomorrow as Yovani Gallardo takes on Julio Teheran. First pitch is slated for 6:10 CT.