WP: Daniel Hudson (2-2)
LP: Jimmy Nelson (6-11)
HR: Jonathan Villar (9), Jake Lamb (24), Phil Gosselin (2)
Yesterday, the Brewers blew out the Diamondbacks. Today, the Diamondbacks returned the favor and did the same to the Brewers.
Small ball gave the Brewers the lead early. Jonathan Villar led off the game with a walk, then stole second base. Orlando Arcia grounded out to move him to third, and then Archie Bradley threw a wild pitch that Villar scored on, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Diamondbacks tried to respond in the bottom of the first, getting Michael Bourn to second on a walk and a wild pitch. Jake Lamb singled and Bourn attempted to score, but was thrown out at the plate by Ryan Braun.
Villar increased the score to 2-0 on a solo home run to start the third inning. Then, in the fourth inning, the first three Diamondback batters reached base with a single and two hit by pitches. A sacrifice fly by Tuffy Gosewisch got the Diamondbacks on the board at 2-1, and a sacrifice bunt made it 2-2. A throwing error by Jimmy Nelson scored another to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead after four innings.
The Brewers tied the game back up at 3-3 thanks to a Villar walk, followed by a stolen base and a throwing error to get to third base. Arcia singled to bring Villar in and tie the game.
After that, the Diamondbacks blew the game wide open. Paul Goldschmidt walked to lead off the fifth, then Jake Lamb homered to give the Diamondbacks the lead back at 5-3. Rickie Weeks doubled and stole third, then Chris Owings tripled to bring Weeks in and make it 6-3. Michael Blazek came in relief, and a groundout got Chris Owings at home. However, Phil Gosselin homered to increase the score to 8-3.
Michael Blazek remained in for the sixth inning. Singles by Jake Lamb, Yasmany Tomas, and Rickie Weeks increased the score to 9-3. That’s where it remained for the rest of the game.
Both starting pitchers for the day didn’t go too far. Archie Bradley only pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks, though he did strike out eight. Meanwhile, Jimmy Nelson pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and three walks. In the Brewers bullpen, Michael Blazek allowed two runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings, and Blaine Boyer pitched two scoreless innings.
On offense. Jonathan Villar reached base three times on a hit and two walks, and reached base a total of twelve times in the series. Orland Arcia boosted his average to .211 with a 1-for-3 day. Overall, the offense did collect seven walks, but also struck out fourteen times.
The Brewers come back to Miller Park starting tomorrow. Rob Whalen faces Zach Davies in the first game of the series. First pitch is at 6:20 pm.