Brewers Starting Pitcher: Jimmy Nelson
Opponent Starting Pitcher: Gio Gonzalez
Winning Pitcher: Jimmy Nelson
Losing Pitcher: Gio Gonzalez
HR: Domingo Santana (3), Bryce Harper (31), Michael Taylor (12)
The Nationals scored the first run of the game via small ball. Ian Desmond drew a walk and pretty quickly stole second base. Former Tampa Bay Rays legend Jose Lobaton then dropped a single into shallow left center bring Desmond home. All this came with two outs.
The Brewers would answer back immediately. In the top of the third inning Jean Segura would squeak a grounder just under Ian Desmond's glove at short. Then he'd steal second base. Jonathan Lucroy would then send a fly ball just over the glove of Jason Werth who misread the ball off the bat. Segura would cross home to tie the game. Then, rubbing salt in wound, a passed ball allowed Lucroy to advance to third. With just one out Ryan Braun's fly out would be of the RBI variety to put the Brewers up a run.
Lucroy would score again in the fifth inning on another sac fly. He led the inning off with a single. Later a double by Adam Lind would put Luc at third base. The sac fly RBI would come off of Khris Davis' bat this time. Domingo Santana then stepped to the plate. His first at-bat lasted one pitch. His second at-bat lasted two. Both resulted in cheap outs. But his third at-bat went 9 pitches and resulted in a 2-run home run! He crushed it too. It was a line drive.
Bryce Harper would return the favor with a line drive home run of his own in the sixth inning. His was a solo shot though and the Brewers still held a comfortable 5-2 lead.
The Brewers got some luck in the seventh inning. They had bases loaded with one out. Doug Fister was on the mound. He delivered to Scooter Gennett who lined it right at the pitcher. Fister stabbed at the ball but he just deflected it. Instead of possibly turning a double play to end the inning a run scored and everyone was safe preserving bases loaded with still just the one out. Elian Herrera would sneak a grounder through the right side of the infield for another run. Shane Peterson drove in yet another run but this one wouldn't count as an RBI. It was on catcher's interference. Jose Lobaton's glove hit Peterson's bat on his swing. Two more runs would come in on a sac fly and an error. Bryce Harper caught the fly and sent a laser beam to home plate but the ball short hopped and went between the catcher's legs. All told five runs would cross the plate to improve the Brewers lead to 10-2.
Jimmy Nelson had an okay start. He went 5.1 IP with 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 strike outs and 2 runs allowed. Kyle Lohse came into the game in the 7th inning and closed out the game. Because saves rule are ridiculous this counted as a save (three innings to end a game) despite the Brewers leading by 7 runs. This was the first save of his professional career.
The Brewers improve their season record to 53-70.
In the first inning Nats third baseman Yunel Escobar charged after a pop-up from Adam Lind. The ball ended up in the stands and so did Escobar. He collided with a fan (who was unharmed) and appeared to tweak something in his neck. He sat against the rail and clutched the back of his neck. The trainer came out and decided it was best for Escobar to exit the game.
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