A day after not being no-hit by Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs, the Brewers returned to Miller Park to face off against a decidedly less tough customer in Adam Conley and the Miami Marlins.
Or so they thought.
Zach Davies started the game for the Brewers, and he was once again not very good. He allowed a three-run homer in the first inning to Justin Bour (his first of two home runs this evening) to set the tone for the game. Bour got him once again in the fifth with an RBI double. Davies lasted just five innings, allowing six hits and four runs (all earned), with three walks and five strikeouts. He now owns an 8.78 ERA and 10:7 K/BB ratio on the season.
Davies was the beneficiary of some nice defense behind him, including a 5-4-3 triple play turned by the Brewers in the fifth off a ground ball by Marcell Ozuna. It was the first triple play executed by the franchise since August 15, 2011 against the Dodgers.
The real story of the game, however, was Marlins' lefty Adam Conley. The 25 year old lefty thoroughly dominated the Brewers, throwing 7.2 no-hit innings while walking four and striking out seven. He was running quite a high pitch count, however, and Marlins' manager Don Mattingly pulled him in the bottom of the eighth after he threw his 116th pitch.
Mattingly turned to hard throwing righty Jose Urena to try and finish out the combined no-hitter, and he was able to wiggle out of trouble in the eighth before returning to the mound for the ninth inning. After striking out Ryan Braun to start the inning, he allowed a bloop single to Jonathan Lucroy to break up the no-no.
Lucroy with 63 MPH exit velocity to break up the no no... https://t.co/Pggdmrhfac— Daren Willman (@darenw) April 30, 2016
Chris Carter followed Luc with a sharp groundout to third base, but an RBI single by Alex Presley broke up the shutout. Ramon Flores followed with an RBI double to make it 6-2, and then Colin Walsh collected his second career base hit to make it 6-3. Mattingly then went to his closer AJ Ramos, who walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Domingo Santana before striking out Jonathan Villar to end the game and the threat.
With the loss, the Brewers fall to 8-14 and have now taken an 'L' in six of their last seven contests. The Marlins move their record back to .500 at 11-11.
Milwaukee and Miami are scheduled to play game two of the series tomorrow night at Miller Park at 6:10 PM CST. Chase Anderson gets the ball for the Brewers and he'll face off against veteran lefty Wei-Yin Chen.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs