Win: Baez (2-1)
Loss: Smith (4-1)
Save: Jansen (16)
HR: Braun (16), Perez (1), Ellis (2), Gonzalez (18)
The Brewers bullpen in 2015, for the most part, has been outstanding. Until Ryan Braun was named a replacement today, closer Francisco Rodriguez had been the only All Star from the team. The bullpen as a unit had the fifth-best ERA in the National League, the seventh best FIP, the best xFIP, and the second-best K/9.
Most of the players in the bullpen have had great years, including Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress. Everyone has a bad day, though, and for what feels like the first time in a long time, but Brewers bullpen blew the game for Milwaukee on Sunday.
The Brewers had jumped to a 3-2 lead heading into the late innings as Kyle Lohse put together five innings of four-hit ball, allowing both runs and striking out six batters with no walks. Lohse hasn't been very good this season, but credit where credit is due, he put together a nice outing today.
Meanwhile the Brewers scored a run apiece in the first, second and fourth innings, including solo home runs from Ryan Braun and Hernan Perez.
Having already pitched a clean seventh inning, Jeremy Jefress was call on to also pitch the eighth. A single and Carlos Gomez fielding error put a runner at second with no outs and Jeffress was subsequently removed in favor of Will Smith. Smith's fourth pitch was knocked out of the park by Adrian Gonzalez to blow the lead.
The Brewers offense had nothing going for it late in the game, and Kenley Jansen had no trouble collecting his 16th save of the season.
Milwaukee and the rest of baseball now heads to the All Star break. The Brewers won't play again until Friday when they begin a series with the Pirates.