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Fiers undone in the fourth: Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 8

Mike Fiers provided one of the stranger stat lines you're likely to see and the offense narrowly avoided being shutout.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Brewers Starting Pitcher: Mike Fiers
Opponent Starting Pitcher: Zack Godley

Winning Pitcher: Zack Godley
Losing Pitcher: Mike Fiers

HR: Yasmany Tomas (6)

FanGraphs' WPA Chart

Mike Fiers looked fine in the early going. He did allow a solo home run from Yasmany Tomas but also struck out 4 batters through three innings. Then in the fourth inning he gave up three runs. He allowed 3 singles and a walk. In addition to that a poor throw from Carlos Gomez ended up in the stands which was responsible for one of the runs allowed. It was his second error of the night.

Fiers allowed another run in the fifth inning again thanks to some shoddy defense in the outfield. This time it was Gerardo Parra who let a ball get past him on a sliding stop. It would allow A.J. Pollock to reach third base. Fiers would come back to strike out the next two batters before allowing an RBI single to Aaron Hill.

Fiers would end the fifth inning, and subsequently his night on the mound, with a strike out. He'd go 5 innings allowing 5 runs on 2 walks (one intentional) and 8 hits while striking out 10 batters. That's a pretty weird stat line.

The Diamondbacks starter on the other hand proved aptly named. He held the Brewers scoreless through six innings while striking out 7 batters and walking none (though he did hit Parra). I know I can't stop people from perpetuating the fallacy that "the Brewers just can't hit rookie pitchers the first time they see them," but in this case that kind of makes sense.

Godley was just a reliever until just this year and had only made 3 starts at the AA level. I wouldn't be surprised if the Brewers had almost not information on him. That's a pretty big competitive edge if the pitcher in question can stay around the strike zone, which Godley clearly did.

The Brewers batters did almost nothing in this game until the end of the game. Through the first eight innings the Brewers logged 4 hits and 0 walks. But Gerardo Parra and Jonathan Lucroy hit back-to-back singles in the ninth. Then Ryan Braun launched a home run to deep left allowing the Brewers to avoid the shutout.

In the end the Brewers would lose by a score of 8-3 dropping their season record to 42-54

Next Game:

Friday July 24, 8:40 pm CST: Jimmy Nelson vs Patrick Corbin (LHP)