The final game of a brief home stand started off well for the Brewers. Facing Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda the Brewers quickly loaded the bases. Aaron Hill hit a deep fly ball to bring home a run, but that was all the damage the Brewers could do.
This was one of those day games with no broadcast from Fox Sports Wisconsin. That was a probably a good thing as it seemed like the Dodgers were at bat pretty much the whole game. Zach Davies seemed to struggle almost from the start, never getting into the kind of rhythm he has in his good starts. It would end up being his worst start since last September, and for the first time ever he gave up three home runs while lasting just 4 1/3 innings.
Starting in the second Trayce Thompson blasted a home run. This was followed in the fourth by Yasmani Grandal and the fifth by Corey Seager. The bullpen wasn't much better as Jacob Barnes struggled with two walks and gave up two earned runs while recording just two outs.
Since the game was not on TV I was able to listen to pretty much the whole game on the Brewers Radio Network. Bob Uecker was entertaining as usual, and was really obsessed with pitcher Maeda. Uecker spent much of the game talking about Japanese baseball. Seriously, he must have said "Far East" at least thirty times. He also talked about how delicious Usinger's sausage is, but we've come to expect that.
There weren't a lot of bright spots for the crew. Ryan Braun extended his hitting streak to eleven games. Jhan Marinez struck out the side in the 8th and has proven to be somewhat of a surprising success. Chris Carter struck out for the 100th time and we are still a ways from the all-star break. That's enough for fourth in the major leagues, and isn't good, but Carter's .306 OBP and .500 slugging have made him another pleasant surprise this year. Once Maeda was finally taken out Ramon Flores was able to hit a rare double. Hernan Perez made a rare appearance at shortstop after a double switch late in the game.
Apparently, mini hot dog took the win in the sausage race, passing mini chorizo late. Maldy must not have been able to interfere as much since he was actually playing.