Twelve hits, eight walks, a hit batter, and a Miami error put 22 Brewers on base tonight, and 10 of them scored as the Crew again spotted their opponent an early lead only to storm back for their third win in their last four. This was a filleting, not a butchering, as ten of the Brewers hits were singles. Aaron Hill had two doubles. Blaine Boyer and Chris Capuano combined to shut down the Marlins over the last four innings, finishing Zach Davies first win of the year..
Adam Conley dominated the Brewers in Milwaukee in his previous start in a game the Brewers ended up losing 6-3 after a ninth inning rally. Conley wasn't nearly as good tonight, and exited after four innings of work trailing 4-2, and ended up with the loss as Miami failed to score the rest of the way. The Brewers must have seen something in his last start as they ran early and often on Conley and ending up with three steals off of the lefty.
No no-no for Conley tonight; Jonathon Villar led off with a single to center and stole second. Hernan Perez drilled one to right that Giancarlo Stanton almost misplayed but pulled down. Ryan Braun singled to center and got the RBI when Eddie Sedar (gasp) sent Villar and Marcell Ozuna's throw was off line. Jonathon Lucroy and Chris Carter were easy outs, but hey! A run and a lead!
Zach Davies held the lead for the bottom of the first, but he was hit hard. Martin Prado continued to hit the ball hard every time he swings with a one out single to left, and two lineouts to the corner outfielders left the Marlins wondering how they didn't scratch. 1-0 Brewers.
The Crew had a frustrating top of the second. After lead-off singles from Aaron Hill (10 game hit streak!) and Alex Presley, the next three in the line-up never got the ball further than 15 feet from home plate. Ramon Flores dribbled one up the first base line for a non-sac sacrifice, and Davies and Villar followed with strike-outs on bad pitches.
The Fish continued to hit the ball hard in their turn. Lead off doubles from Ozuna and J.T. Realnuto plated the tying run, and a flyball to deep right by Adieny Hecchavaria moved Realnuto to third. Davies wriggled off the hook by getting Conley and Aaron Dietrich. 1-1
The Brewers wasted Hernan Perez' first walk of the season (and second stolen base) in the top of the third. Chris Carter drilled a two out shot to third base that Prado snared and threw to first for the third out.
Miami took a lead in the bottom of the inning on a two out RBI single by Ozuna. He drove in Christian Yellich, who had walked and stole second. 2-1 Marlins.
The top of the fourth saw a hit batter, a walk, a sac bunt, three singles, two stolen bases, a wild pitch, an error, and three runs for the Brewers. The key hit was a two out, two RBI single from Villar, and he took second on the throw home. Jonathon then stole third and scored on the wild pitch. Comparisons to GoGo are allowed. Davies had his best inning of the night, setting the Marlins down 1-2-3 and the Brewers entered the 5th ahead 4-2. The Marlins pinch-hit for Conley in the bottom of the inning, ending his night.
Milwaukee touched Jose Urena for a run in the top of the fifth; Hill reached base for the third time with a one out double to the gap in left center and scored on a sac fly from Flores. Oddly, the booth called a fifth inning run the Badger Mutual Insurance Run of the game. Seemed a tad early. Davies fooled none of the four Marlin hitters in the bottom of the inning, as Prado lined to second, Yillich doubled to left, Stanton lined one up the middle that Davies knocked down and through to first for out number two, and Justin Bohr flew out to the wall in deep center. Exhale.
Expanding leads can be fun! The Brewers notched another 3-spot in the sixth, thanks in large part to the generosity of the Marlins. Jose Urena, in his second inning of relief, walked 3, and Bohr kicked a groundball for an error. Toss in Hill's second double of the night, this one with the bases loaded, and the Brewers moved to an 8-2 lead. That score held through the bottom of the inning as Blaine Boyer came in for a 1-2-3 inning.
Milwaukee left two on in the top of the seventh, and Miami put their first two on base in the bottom half, both on singles to right. Prado and Boyer had a ten pitch battle before Blaine won, getting Prado on a flyball to center. Then Yellich blooped a 1-2 pitch to shallow center that Villar ran down; the throw to second got a wandering Miguel Rojas off of second for an inning ending double play. Thank you very much!
The Brewers added two more in the top of the ninth on two walks, a single from Braun to plate Domingo Santana, and a wild pitch to score Perez. In six plate appearances Hernan had two hits, two runs scored, and THREE walks.
Chris Capuano went the final two innings to save the big guns in the pen for a try at a series win tomorrow. Chase Anderson (1-4) will try to keep things close for the Brewers (14-19) so the bats and bullpen can pull another one out. Wei-Yin Chen (2-1) goes for the Marlins (17-15). Game time is 6:10 p.m.