First off, pat on the back to those who stayed with the Brewers for all four-plus hours of this game. I'm going to be honest: I did not. Our friends Adam and Patti were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary and threw a big bash so I was there for awhile with my wife. By the time I finally sat down around 9:00 I figured I'd catch the end of the game and get started on my recap. I'm one of those sabermetrics guys anyway so I don't even need to watch the games, right?
It was the sixth inning.
So anyways, from the looks of the box score Chase Anderson had a rough night. He lasted only four innings and allowed six runs, including a home run to Mikael Franco. He walked four batters and struck out just two, taking 99 pitched to get through his four frames.
Phillies' starter Charlie Morton may very well have traded nights with Chase, though, as he only made it through the first inning on the mound before leaving the game with a leg injury after coming up lame on a bunt attempt in the second inning that wound up being a double play. If there had been a DH in the game, however, that wouldn't have happened.
The Brewers pitchers' settled down in the middle innings with Carlos Torres, Michael Blazek, and Tyler Thornburg combining for four innings and just one run allowed and seven punchouts.
The Brewers' offense scored a run in the first on an RBI single by Jonathan Lucroy. Ryan Braun clubbed his fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot, in the third inning. He's now hitting .355/.429/.597 this season. Domingo Santana also picked up an RBI fielder's choice in that frame. Trailing 7-4 in the eighth inning, a late comeback was mounted thanks to a monstrous solo home run by Chris Carter (number 5 this year) to the bleachers in left field and a sac-fly later by Aaron Hill that Uecker thought for sure was out of here to make it 7-6.
Then Jeremy Jeffress came in and crapped the bed. He allowed three runs including a two-run homer to Odubel Herrera, who then uncorked a mighty bat flip. Milwaukee went down without a whimper in the ninth and the final score was 10-6.
The Brewers now have managed only four quality starts through the season's first 17 games and their starting rotation ERA of 6.22 is the league's worst. Seriously can we get Junior Guerra up here soon?
The Brewers (7-10) have definitely out-tanked the Phillies (8-9) this series in a battle of rebuilding teams. Milwaukee will look to avoid a sweep tomorrow behind...oh, wait Wily Peralta's pitching. Jered Eikhoff goes for the Phillies and first pitch at Miller Park is scheduled for 1:10 PM CST.