Win: Darren O'Day (2-0)
Loss: Rob Wooten (1-2)
Save: Zach Britton (3)
HR: Jonathan Schoop 2 (5), Khris Davis (7), Lyle Overbay (2)
This past offseason, the Brewers traded away starting right fielder Norichika Aoki and asked superstar player to change positions and move from left to right field. The team didn't do these things to open up a spot for a top prospect, or a newly-acquired star. They did it to open up a spot for Khris Davis, a little-talked about prospect who crushed minor league pitching and hit well in some 50 games in the majors last year.
The Brewers put a lot of faith in him and for the most part he has been a bit of a letdown. Coming into today he had a .227/.260/.419 line and, frankly, did not look comfortable at the plate at all. He's been a little better recently, but nothing comes close to the game he had against the Orioles Monday.
Davis reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-4 with a walk while falling just a triple shy of the cycle. He scored two runs and drove in one. Basically, this is the Khris Davis everyone was hoping for. Obviously one game can't tell us much, but coupled with a decent past week, we can hope Khris Davis had his 2014 breakout moment.
The rest of the offense wasn't bad, either. Jean Segura kept up his hot stretch at the plate with a double, a triple and two RBI. Lyle Overbay reached base four times on a home run and three walks.
Barring the third inning, Kyle Lohse had a great game. He gave up three runs on five hits in the third, but outside of that frame allowed just one run in four hits over another 5.2 innings.
That's all the good news. The bad news is, despite all that, the Brewers still lost the game. They went down 3-1 after that top of the third inning, but came back with a run in the bottom of the frame, then took the lead back in the fourth with two more runs. Another pair of runs in the sixth gave Milwaukee a 6-3 lead. An Orioles run in the seventh cut the lead to two, and that's where it remained heading into the ninth inning with Francisco Rodriguez and his league-leading 18 saves coming to the mound.
Unfortunately, Rodriguez did not tack on another save. He got the first two outs just fine, then Jonathan Schoop hit his second home run of the day to make it a 6-5 ballgame. A Delmon Young single and Nick Markakis double later, and the game was tied heading into extra innings.
It didn't take much longer for the Orioles to wrap the game up. Rob Wooten came on in the tenth and got two quick outs. J.J. Hardy doubled to put the go-ahead run on base and was brought in by Nick Hundley. Zach Britton wrapped the game up when Irving Falu grounded into an inning-ending double play with two runners aboard. Welcome to the team, Irving! You are not off to a good start.
The Brewers and Orioles will play again tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.