WP: Joe Blanton (1-0)
LP: Mike Fiers (3-7)
Let's not even attempt to sugar coat anything right now. The Brewers are playing bad baseball.
For the fifth game in a row, the Brewers lost. All five losses have been by three or more runs. This was their seventh loss of the season where they were outscored by six or more runs. This is their third losing streak of at least five gmaes this season. I don't need to go on here.
Mike Fiers struggled through five innings, allowing six runs and eight hits. He was inconsistent all night, allowing three walks, three wild pitchers, and only two strikeouts. Meanwhile, Joe Blanton, making his second start of the season after not pitching in the majors last year, allowed only one run on five hits.
The Brewers did hold an early 1-0 lead thanks to a Scooter Gennett triple. However, the Royals responded with three runs in the second inning, three runs in the fifth inning, and another four in the eighth. Gerardo Parra drove in a run on an RBI groundout to account for the Brewers only other run.
Shane Peterson had a great day at the plate, going 3-for-3 to raise his batting average to .273. Carlos Gomez also had two hits after missing two games with a hip injury. In the bullpen, Neal Cotts only allowed a hit in two innings of work, and Will Smith had a clear 1/3 of an inning. However, Jonathan Broxton had a bad day, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks.
The Brewers close out their series against the Royals tomorrow night. Jimmy Nelson will attempt to stop the losing streak, and he will face off against Jeremy Guthrie, who has struggled all season. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.