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The Chase stands alone, no one supports him, Brewers drop finale to Diamondbacks 11-1

Chase Anderson was great again, but just about everything else was terrible.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks
Not even Craig Counsell can believe how badly this game went.
Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

WP: Robbie Ray (7-3)
LP: Chase Anderson (5-2)

HR: Keon Broxton (7), Brandon Drury (7), Chris Herrmann (6), David Peralta (5), Paul Goldschmidt (14)

Box Score

I don’t know how to describe how painful watching this game was. The closest I can think of is the analogy of a train wreck: It’s horrible to watch, but you just can’t take your eyes off of it.

Let’s start with the good: Chase Anderson. He put together a fourth consecutive strong start. Unfortunately, his scoreless inning streak came to an end in the first, when a run scored on an RBI groundout by Jake Lamb. However, beyond that, it was another good day for him: 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K. You really can’t ask for much more than that. In any normal circumstance, that should be enough to win.

What else was good from this game? Well, the defense did step up for a few good plays. Eric Thames made a nice catch to prevent a base hit in the third. Jett Bandy caught Nick Ahmed trying to steal second in the fifth inning. On offense, Lewis Brinson didn’t record a hit but did walk twice in his first game. Orlando Arcia made it on base three times with a hit and two walks. A few good things to look at here.

Unfortunately, that was about where the good ended. Robbie Ray was dealing for the Diamondbacks, striking out twelve Brewers and allowing just three hits and four walks. Keon Broxton and Eric Thames each struck out three times. Domingo Santana and Eric Sogard each struck out twice. The offense only managed three hits total in the game. In short, it was not good. Their best scoring chance came in the seventh, when they walked the bases loaded, but Thames struck out on three straight pitches. The offense did get a run on a Broxton home run in the ninth, but it was way too little, way too late.

Of course, that was nothing compared to what the bullpen did tonight. I’m not going to describe it, I’m just going to type the results for each pitcher:

  • Carlos Torres: Solo Home Run, Single, 2 run Home Run, Strikeout, Strikeout (0.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 23 Pitches)
  • Neftali Feliz: Walk, 2 run Home Run, Double, Walk (0.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 25 Pitches)
  • Wily Peralta: Groundout, Single, Double, Lineout, Strikeout, Walk, Single (1.0 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 26 Pitches)
  • Rob Scahill: Grand Slam, Strikeout (0.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 6 Pitches)

No one was good tonight. All of them struggled. It was a bad night all around.

Let’s not dwell on this game any longer, and just look to the future. Next up is a double-header against the Cardinals on Tuesday. The team has not announced their plans yet for the two games. It’s a day-night doubleheader, with game one at 1:15 pm and game two at 7:15 pm.