In what may have been the worst display of baseball that a major league team has put on ever, the Brewers spotted the Diamondbacks 5 runs in the first and another in the second, falling behind 6-0 and never making any move to get back in the game.
The Brewers committed five errors behind Jimmy Nelson in the first two innings, two by Jonathan Villar and three by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis was starting in right and certainly never looked comfortable.. Villar doubled off of Archie Bradley to lead off the bottom of the second - on a poor play by Michael Bourn in left - and Scooter Gennett walked. It looked like the Brewers might make a move and get back in the game, but with the runners going Ryan Braun lined out to Yasmany Tomas in right and his throw to first doubled off Gennett (on review).
Villar then took off for third with two down and Lucroy at the plate and was thrown out by a mile. Craig Counsell gave himself an inning to cool down and apparently it didn’t work. Villar was replaced in the top of the third by Jake Elmore, who took over at third as Hernan Perez moved to second.
Nelson struck out the side in the second and third innings, as his trust in his fielders had disappeared. He still allowed an unearned run in the second as Nieuwenhuis made two of his errors. He lasted into the fifth when two more runs stretched the lead to 8-0. He allowed a three run homer in the top of the first to Tomas that capped the 5 run frame. Tomas added a two run shot in the fifth off of Jimmy, and those two dingers were his 16th and 17th of the year.
The Brewers finally scored in the bottom of the seventh when Lucroy doubled and went to third on a fly to right by Chris Carter. Nieuwenhuis walked and Hernan Perez just missed a homer but drove in Luc with a sac fly to right.
The final game of the four game series is tomorrow afternoon, with the D'Backs (42-59) sending Ray (5-9, 4.53) facing the Brewers (43-56) and Zach Davies (7-4, 3.64).