WP: Chase Anderson (9-3, 2.93); LP: Mike Montgomery (5-8, 3.64); Save: none; HR: Mil - Hernan Perez (14); Chi - Kyle Schwarber (25)
Craig Counsell went through seven pitchers over the past two days before he found one that would give up a run to the Division leading Chicago Cubs, and the result is a series win for Milwaukee in a more-or-less sweep needing situation. The Brewers go for said sweep tomorrow afternoon after moving back within three games of the MLB champs.
As tough as runs have been to come by, the Brewers got a week’s worth with an eight run third that put today’s game away. They tacked on seven (!) Badger Mutual Insurance Runs, which may result in a federal investigation of insurance fraud. And they only had one homerun, a two run shot from Hernan Perez that fell into that insurance category.
Chase Anderson was today’s beneficiary of the big inning and subsequent insurance runs, allowing just one hit over five innings before leaving things up to the Brewers’ ‘B’ bullpen group. Lots of arms got needed rest today; unfortunately, it was announced that one necessary arm was going to get way more rest than was hoped: Jimmy Nelson is done for the year. That may have been more of a loss to the squad than a loss in the game today would have been, but the team will soldier on and see if they can’t steal a march on the Cubs and knock them out of the whole post-season.
Rookie Taylor Williams worked the ninth for Milwaukee in his second major league appearance. He allowed a run on two hits and had a strikeout. Junior Guerra gave up a homer to Kyle Schwarber in the eighth, breaking the Cubs’ scoreless streak in the series at 16 innings. Oliver Drake and Carlos Torres each had a scoreless inning.
Walks and balks had as much to do with runs as hitting, although the Brewers did finish the game with twelve hits. They drew nine walks too, and collected just two doubles, leaving nine singles. Perez finished the day with five RBI, Orlando Arcia had three hits (including a double) and three RBI, and Anderson added two hits and two RBI from the pitcher’s nine spot.
The all-important third game of the series finds Milwaukee’s Zach Davies (16-8, 3.77) attempting to complete the sweep against Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks (6-4, 3.29). The Brewers, at 74-68, will try and leave the windy city just two back of the Cubs (77-65).