WP: Zach Davies (10-6); LP: Tyler Anderson (4-5); Save: none; HR: Col., Nolan Arenado (34); MIl., Ryan Braun 2 (23,24)
Ryan Braun had two home runs and Zach Davies worked six solid innings to move into double digits in wins in his rookie season as the Brewers pulled away from the Colorado Rockies this afternoon at Miller Park.
The Rockies struck first as Nolan Arenado launched his NL leading 34th homer in the top of the first. Davies would settle in after that, and the Brewer offense got to work after being held in check by Rockies starter Tyler Anderson for the first three innings.
Braun tied things up in the bottom of the fourth with his first long ball, his 23rd this year.
Orlando Arcia led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk, advanced to second on a ground out from Martin Maldonado, stole third, and came in on a two out double from Jonathan Villar. 2-1 Brewers.
Davies gave up a hit and a walk in the top of the sixth but closed his day out with a strikeout to leave them stranded. His final line of 6 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts was nice to see after two sub-par outings. Blaine Boyer and Tyler Cravy worked one and two innings respectively to finish things off.
The Brewers upped their lead to 3-1 in the bottom half of the sixth. Hernan Perez led off with a single and drew several throws to first, and Domingo Santana eventually walked, moving Perez to second. Hernan stole third, and Arcia brought him home with a bunt single.
Milwaukee finished the scoring with a four spot in the bottom of the seventh. Jake Elmore had a pinch double leading off the frame, and Villar sacrifice bunted him to third. Keon Broxton struck out, but Braun hit his second homer of the day to center, and some significant BMIRs were plated. Braun now has 74 RBI to lead the team.
The Brewers weren’t done...Perez walked (yes, you read that correctly), Chris Carter doubled him home, Domingo Santana singled Carter home, and Orlando Arcia reached for the third time in the game with an infield hit. Maldonado’s fielder’s choice ended the inning, and the Brewers had their final 7-1 margin.
The win is the Brewers fourth straight. They now stand at 56-70, and will send Wily Peralta (5-9, 6.00) out to face the Pirates, losers at home today to the Astros 5-4. The Bucs stand at 63-61, and can ill afford losses over the weekend in Milwaukee as they look for yet another Wild Card spot. Pittsburgh sends rookie Chad Kuhl out Thurday night. Kuhl is 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA.
I don’t wanna be a Pirate!