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Free passes foil Brewers in 4-1 loss to Phillies

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The offense never got going.

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Box Score

Things started off well for the Milwaukee Brewers today, as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning of their game against the Phillies. Christian Yelich drew a one-out walk, and after advancing to second base on a Lorenzo Cain groundout, he scored on Travis Shaw’s RBI single through the shift. Unfortunately, that would be all the offense the Cream City Nine would muster against Zach Eflin and Philadelphia’s bullpen as they managed only five hits and one walk on the day.

Junior Guerra got the start for Milwaukee, and he pitched relatively well. He struck out seven batters across 5.1 innings, but allowed solo homers to Rhys Hoskins in the fourth and Andrew Knapp in the fifth. He came back out for the sixth inning and struck out Carlos Santana to lead off the frame, but was pulled at 82 pitches after issuing a one-out walk to Scott Kingery. Craig Counsell went to Boone Logan to try and get through a string of lefties in Philadelphia’s order, and that went about as well as one would expect these days.

Nick Williams hit a double to put runners on second and third, and then Knapp struck out swinging for the second out. Maikel Franco was called upon to pinch hit and was intentionally walked to load the bases, and then Logan walked J.P. Crawford on six pitches which scored Guerra’s final runner to make it a 3-1 game. Cesar Hernandez followed with an RBI infield single to push the score to 4-1, and that would be all for Logan. Jacob Barnes came in and whiffed Hoskins to end the threat.

That would be the end of the scoring, as Barnes pitched another inning after retiring that one batter in the sixth followed by two scoreless frames by Jorge Lopez to end the contest, with three walks and four stikeouts. After the 4-1 defeat, Counsell had less than glowing words regarding Logan’s role on the team:

The series is tied 1-1 heading into tomorrow afternoon’s series finale, which is scheduled for 1:10 PM. The Brewers (42-28) will send Chase Anderson (5-5, 4.13 ERA) to the mound while the Phillies (36-32) will counter with their ace Aaron Nola (8-2, 2.27 ERA).