WP: Wei-Yin Chen (3-1)
LP: Chase Anderson (1-5)
SV: A.J. Ramos (10)
HR: Justin Bour (5)
The Brewers finished off their road trip tonight in Miami, and weren't able to pull off the winning trip. While the Brewers managed to outhit the Marlins, the Marlins did most of their damage in the fifth, and that was enough for them.
Chase Anderson did not have a bad game tonight. It was probably an encouraging night overall for him. He did post a quality start, allowing just three runs and three hits and a walk in six innings. The problem was that almost all of that came in the fifth inning, where the Marlins took a 3-0 lead on a Justin Bour home run and a Adeiny Hechavarria sacrifice fly. In the other five innings he pitched, he faced the minimum each time. His pitch count was low enough to continue, but was pinch hit for in the seventh when the Brewers were trying to rally.
Meanwhile, the Brewers weren't able to concentrate their offense quite as well. The Brewers had runners on first and third with one out to start the game from back-to-back singles from Jonathan Villar and Ryan Braun, but both were stranded. The Brewers got another single in the third from Domingo Santana, one in the fourth from Jonathan Lucroy, and one in the sixth from Ryan Braun. However, they weren't able to take advantage of any of those situations.
The Brewers finally got to Wei-Yin Chen in the seventh. A single from Alex Presley and a walk from Colin Walsh chased Wei-Yin Chen from the game, and Bryan Morris came in. He started by walking Domingo Santana to load the bases, then Jonathan Villar grounded out to score Alex Presley. Ryan Braun singled to drive in another run and make it 3-2, but Jonathan Villar was thrown out trying to take third and the rally ended.
That would be about it for the Brewers offense. Lucroy led off the eighth with a single but was erased on a double play. They also went down 1-2-3 in the ninth to end the game. In total, the Brewers struck out fourteen times in the game, twelve of those from starter Wei-Yin Chen.
In the bullpen, Michael Blazek allowed just a hit in an inning with two strikeouts. Carlos Torres also pitched an inning and allowed just a hit. On offense, Braun had a three-hit day, and Lucroy added two hits.
The Brewers return home from their road trip tomorrow to open a seven-game homestand. First up is the Padres, who are coming off of a doubleheader against the Cubs yesterday. James Shields will face the Brewers for the first time in his career, and the Brewers will send Jimmy Nelson out to open the homestand. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.