I’ll be honest with you, folks. I didn’t watch any of this game, as I was out with my family to see Incredibles 2. It was awesome, by the way. But no one else signed up for tonight’s recap, so here’s what I gleaned from the box score.
Brent Suter was terrific tonight. It was easily the best start of the season for the soft-tossing lefty. He went 7.0 innings, the first time this season he’s pitched deeper than 5.2 innings in any start. He allowed six hits and one earned run, which scored in the 6th inning on an RBI single by Cesar Hernandez. Suter walked a single batter and struck out three while lowering his season-long ERA to 4.30. That’s pretty serviceable, in my opinion.
The Brewers also apparently came to hit tonight against Jake Arrieta. They stranded two runners in the first inning, but piled up five runs in the second and three more runs in the fourth. All eight runs of those runs were charged to Arrieta’s line during his 3.1 innings, although only four were earned thanks to a comedy of errors behind him. Milwaukee also scored two in the fifth off Mark Leiter, Jr. to get their score up to 10, and then three more in the eighth off of position player Jesmuel Valentine to account for the final 3 of the 13 runs they put up on the evening.
LoCain had two hits and two RBI, Christian Yelich had two hits including a two-run homer, Jesus Aguilar had a two-run homer (off Valentine) and a sac fly, Hernan Perez had three hits and an RBI, Manny Pina had two hits, Orlando Arcia had two hits and an RBI, and Brent Suter had a hit, two RBI, and scored twice. Ryan Braun suffered some more bad BABIP and went 0-4, and Travis Shaw also failed to record a hit but walked twice in four plate appearances.
Dan Jennings pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Boone Logan came out for the ninth. He was greeted rudely by Odubel Herrera’s leadoff homer to start the inning, which made it a 13-2 contest. Then he walked Valentine and gave up a single to Scott Kingery before buckling down and striking out the side to end the game. With the run allowed, Logan’s ERA now stands at 5.23 on the season.
The Brewers (42-27) will face off against the Phillies (35-32) again tomorrow afternoon in game two of the series, with first pitched scheduled for 3:10 PM. It’ll be #JuniorGuerraDay as the ace (3-4, 2.71 ERA) takes on Zach Eflin (3-2, 3.63 ERA).