Brewers Starting Pitcher: Matt Garza
Opponent Starting Pitcher: J.R. Graham
Winning Pitcher: Matt Garza
Losing Pitcher: Ryan Pressly
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (10)
HR: Ryan Braun (13)
Ryan Braun returned to action today for the fist time since having his second cryotherapy procedure. He only missed two games but it was easy to worry since the thumb issue pretty much wrecked him for most of last year. In his first plate appearance today he crushed a home run to dead center. That sure makes me feel a lot better about the whole situation.
Matt Garza pitched very well in this game. He retired the first 11 batters in a row and it should have been 12. Jean Segura waited back on a grounder instead of charging him and Joe Mauer was able to beat out the throw. The next inning (5th) it looked like the train was coming off the rails.
Garza allowed a lead off single and then a line drive to center. Torii Hunter over ran second base and a good throw from Carlos Gomez would've been an out. Instead it sailed over Segura's head. The next batter bunted and unlike earlier in the game Garza was unable to field it. The batter would reach safely and the Twins had bases loaded with no outs. Garza got the next batter to pop out. Danny Santana was the next batter and he saw 10 pitches in the at-bat, but Garza won out. He got Santana to ground into a double play to end the inning without a run crossing the plate.
The Twins would get to him in the sixth though. Brian Dozier led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt. Then Mauer would send him home with a single. The inning would end with the Brewers and Twins tied at 1 apiece.
The Brewers wouldn't let that last long though. In the seventh inning Jean Segura led off with a single. Jason Rogers, pinch hitting for Shane Peterson, drew a walk. Luis Sardinas bunted the runners over and Carlos Gomez brought them both in with a line drive single.
Jonathan Broxton entered in the 8th inning and promptly allowed a solo home run to Brian Dozier. That pitch was the only mistake he made in the inning. The next three at-bats went strike out, ground out, and strike out to end the inning.
With two outs in the 9th inning Luis Sardinas would reach on an error by Trevor Plouffe. Then he'd go to second on a wild pitch. Carlos Gomez would drive him in, with his 4th hit of the game, for an insurance run.
Francisco Rodriguez led the 9th inning off with a walk to Torii Hunter. It wasn't intentional, but Hunter was much more of an offensive threat than the next four batters in the lineup, so the Brewers were probably being extra careful. It worked as the next batter popped up. Kurt Suzuki came in for a pinch hit opportunity and ended the game by grounding into a double play.
The Brewers won 4-2. They improve their season record to 20-36.
Outstanding Offensive Play
Well, Carlos Gomez wasn't great on the bases despite a stolen base. He was thrown out at second base two times. He was caught off the bag on a line drive. Then later after a Braun base hit, some indecision whether he would try for third or stay at second resulted in him being tagged out. Very frustrating.
But he did have 4 hit and a walk. He also drove in 2 runs in the seventh which would end up being the game winner. He's pretty much erased his poor start to the season by improving his slash line to 285/327/468.
Outstanding Defensive Play
In the seventh inning the Twins got a runner to third with two outs. Matt Garza had the batter in an 0-2 count. The pitch came in and the batter fouled it back to Lucroy. The ball hit the glove and bounced out but Lucroy was able to grab it bare-handed to secure the foul-tip strike out to end the inning.
Outstanding Pitching Performance
Matt Garza threw 7 innings allowing just 1 run today. He allowed just 6 hits and no walks, but only got 3 strike outs. It was one of his better starts of the year and he left in line for a win.
Sunday June 7, 1:10 pm CST: Mike Fiers vs Mike Pelfrey