WP: Will Smith (2-0)
LP: Aaron Barrett (3-2)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (13)
HR: Clint Robinson (1), Gerardo Parra (4)
We've seen the start of this script many times. Brewers fall behind big in the early innings, and it looks ugly. However, this time the Brewers flipped the script and made the comeback.
In the early innings, it was a comedy of errors. Five runs scored thanks in part to three errors, one by Jean Segura, one by Gerardo Parra, and one by Aramis Ramirez. By the end of the fourth inning, the Brewers were down 5-1, with the lone run scoring on a Ryan Braun triple.
However, the Brewers did not give up. In the fourth, a single, a double, and two RBI groundouts cut the Nationals lead to 5-3. The Brewers tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth on an Adam Lind RBI single. Then, in the seventh, Gerardo Parra hit a solo home run to tie the game at 5-5.
Then, in the eighth inning, it was the Nationals turn to perform the comedy of errors. Aramis Ramirez led off the inning with a strikeout, but a wild pitch put him at first base. The Nationals would get their first out with a groundout from Shane Peterson, but a throwing error put Peterson at second with one out. Another groundout moved Peterson to third, bringing Scooter Gennett to the plate. He hit a ground ball that just eluded the defense to bring in Peterson and give the Brewers the lead.
Francisco Rodriguez came in the ninth and allowed a two-out single, but nothing else to record his 13th save of the season. Rodriguez now has a 1.17 ERA on the season and has converted all 13 of his save opportunities.
The Brewers continue their series against the Nationals tomorrow evening at Miller Park. Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann will pitch against Mike Fiers in the second game of the series. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.