With the trade deadline looming I think there was more interest in who wasn’t in today’s lineup that in the actual game itself—though it was a fun and competitive game to watch. Jonathan Lucroy didn’t start, which set Twitter on fire. Of course he never starts a day game after catching a night game. Jonathan Villar was also out of the lineup—though that was more of a
punishment learning opportunity. If that wasn’t enough, Ryan Braun was scratched just before start time. The word eventually came out that it was for right side tightness. Despite all the buzz early this afternoon, there’s been no word of an imminent trade.
The game itself was really quite good. The Diamondbacks struck first with a trio of base hits plating two runs in the first inning. Then Robbie Ray went on a tear. He didn’t allow a run until the third inning when Hernan Perez tied the game with a 2-run HR. Before his outing ended, Ray set a new personal record with 11 strike outs.
Unfortunately for him, he would leave the game down a run after Martin Maldonado plated Perez with a base hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. Enrique Burgos took over for Ray but was unable to strand the inherited runners. Keon Broxton reached out and hit one over Rickie Weeks Jr’s head in left field. Chris Carter and Martin Maldonado scored easily which gave Robbie Ray 5 ER on the day.
While Zach Davies didn’t have the gaudy strike outs, he did have the better outing. He lasted into the seventh inning. But like Ray, he was also pulled with two runners on. Luckily for Davies, Will Smith has yet to be traded. He came in to face LHH Jake Lamb and struck him out. Michael Bourn did follow that plate appearance up with an RBI single, but no other runs would cross the plate. And actually the run was unearned, so Davies lowered his ERA to 3.54.
Two old friends combined to drive in another run for the Diamondbacks in the eighth inning. Jean Segura lined a double. Then later Rickie Weeks would drive him in with a single. This would momentarily bring the Diamondbacks within a run of the Brewers.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis answered back quickly. In the bottom of the eighth he hit a solo home run bringing the Brewers lead back up to two runs. They’d then hand the ball to Jeremy Jeffress with a score of 8-6 to protect. And that’s just what he did, retiring the side in order. One has to wonder if this will be the last time we see him in a Brewers uniform...
Tomorrow the Brewers welcome the Pirates to Miller Park. Junior Guerra will face off against Steven Brault. Start time is 7:10 pm CT.