WP: Brent Suter (1-1)
LP: Boone Logan (2-3)
SV: Corey Knebel (1)
HR: Nolan Arenado (33)
Earlier today, Kyle wrote about Hernan Perez and how he has become a super-utility stud for the Brewers. In tonight’s game, he backed up that claim with another great game.
Though it was his only hit in the game, Perez’s triple in the seventh inning scored two runs to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead. They would eventually build it to 6-4 as they won their third straight.
The Brewers had trouble figuring out starter Jon Gray for the Rockies, but did get to him early. An RBI double from Martin Maldonado scored Chris Carter and put Kirk Nieuwenhuis at third. Nieuwenhuis would then score on a wild pitch during Chase Anderson’s at-bat to put the Brewers up 2-0. The Brewers did load the bases against him in the sixth, but weren’t able to score off him then. In total, Gray allowed just two runs in six innings, allowing four hits and three walks but also striking out ten Brewers.
Meanwhile, Chase Anderson struggled in his first start since he was injured last week. He pitched just five innings and allowed three runs, all coming on a home run from Nolan Arenado that put the Rockies up 3-2. He did strike out seven on the day, though also allowed six hits and two walks.
Jhan Marinez pitched the sixth and allowed a run on an RBI double by the pitcher Gray, but that was all he allowed. Brent Suter made his first relief appearance in the seventh and loaded the bases on two hits and a walk, but managed to escape the inning without allowing a run.
Jake McGee started the eighth, getting a groundout from Martin Maldonado and then allowed a double to pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia. Boone Logan came in after that, and Jonathan Villar hit an RBI double off him to close the gap to 4-3. After striking out Scooter Gennett, Logan intentionally walked Ryan Braun. Another pitching change brought in Carlos Estevez, and Perez hit an 0-2 pitch down the right field line to score two and give the Brewers a 5-4 lead.
Carlos Torres pitched a scoreless eighth, and Domingo Santana added a run on a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4. With Tyler Thornburg pitching three innings in the last two days, Counsell brought in Corey Knebel to close the ninth. Knebel allowed a single to Gerardo Parra and a walk to Daniel Descalso, but got a groundout from Nick Hundley to end the game and record his first Major League save.
The series against the Rockies finishes up tomorrow afternoon. Tyler Anderson faces Zach Davies in the matinee. First pitch is at 1:10 pm.
(Side note: Apparently starting pitcher Jon Gray is a ghost hunter, and he talked about searching the Pfister Hotel for ghosts in an interview before today’s game.)