After six innings, the Brewers led 5-0 and Zach Davies had a no-hitter. Zach allowed a two run homer to Billy Butler in the seventh, and a double, but finished his second very good start with 7 innings o f 2 hit ball. It was enough to get the win, and Davies now has a winning record on the season.
The A's made it interesting in the ninth off of Jeremy Jeffress, scoring twice and leaving runners at first and third when the last out was made. A throwing error by Jonathan Villar meant that Jeffress had to get 4 outs, and JJ saved Villar's bacon by striking out Marcus Semien, then getting Chris Coughlin to fly to Braun (albeit at the warning track) in left to end things. Whew.
The hitting start was Chris Carter, who drove in all five Brewer runs with two homers. A's starter Sean Manaea gave up both, a two run shot in the second and a three run blast in the sixth. The Brewers collected only four other hits. Dingers can win games, folks.
Chris Carter's two homers are a good sign, but his OBP of .288 is not. His swing still seems a bit off; he is lunging more, and still missing an alarming number of pitches by wide margins. This is exactly the Chris Carter that Astros fans described after the trade. We have some hot streaks coming!
In Davis last two starts, he has gone 15 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs. He has walked 3and fanned 14. This is beyond encouraging. I wondered why a "touch" pitcher couldn't translate his effectiveness from AAA to the big show more effectively, and now the Brewers' patience with Zach is being rewarded. It is becoming harder and harder to imagine that any starter other than Wily Peralta will be removed from the rotation when Matt Garza returns from his minor league re-hab stint. How that is accomplished remains to be seen.
KHRUSH WATCH: DNP. sigh. He ended the game in the on-deck circle, and if Coughlin had gotten on base Davis could have broken my heart one more time.
Tomorrow's game has the Brewers (27-31) sending Chase Anderson (2-6) to face the A's (25-33) Jesse Hahn (2-3). Game time is 7:10.