WP: Jhoulys Chacin (5-1)
LP: Vince Velasquez (4-7)
HR: Ryan Braun 2 (7,8), Christian Yelich (8), Carlos Santana (10)
The Brewers offense wasn’t struggling tonight. It only took five batters to get on the board. After Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw drew two out walks, Ryan Braun hit a three-run home run out to left, giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead. They added on in the third, with a single from Manny Pina, single from Orlando Arcia, and double from Lorenzo Cain to up the lead to 5-0.
It didn’t stop there, though. In the fourth, Manny Pina struck out to start the inning, and then Orlando Arcia singled to put a runner on base. Jhoulys Chacin bunted Arcia to 2nd after that, and that’s when the flood games fully opened. Lorenzo Cain started by driving in Arcia with a single to make it 6-0. Christian Yelich then singled to put runners at first and third. Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw then followed with doubles that drove in three more runs, driving the lead up to 9-0. The Phillies made a pitching change, bringing in Mark Leiter Jr., but it didn’t matter to Ryan Braun. He hit his second home run of the game, giving the Brewers a massive 11-0 lead.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t Jhoulys Chacin’s best day, but with the lead he was staked to, he didn’t need to be on top of his game. There’s a potential argument that he might have come out earlier had the lead not been so big. Chacin started with three innings of scoreless baseball. The Phillies got a double and a sac fly in the fourth inning to get on the board. He then pitched two more scoreless before coming back in for the seventh. Carlos Santana hit a leadoff home run, then Nick Williams hit a triple to start the inning. After allowing a walk to J.P. Crawford and a RBI single to Jesmuel Valentin, that ended Chacin’s day. Matt Albers came in after that, and allowed a sac fly to Andrew Knapp to pull the Phillies to 11-4. That would be as close as the Phillies would get.
The Brewers did add one more run in the eighth on a Christian Yelich solo home run. Yelich, Cain, Braun, and Arcia each had two-hit days. All of the starters got at least one hit except for Jonathan Villar, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
In the bullpen, Matt Albers did allow an inherited runner to score, but finished up with two hits and a walk allowed with three strikeouts. Jacob Barnes finished up the game, pitching a scoreless ninth with just one hit allowed and one strikeout.
There’s not much time to rest before the next game. It’s an early start for the Brewers, as they get a 12:05 pm start tomorrow. Brent Suter will face Jake Arrieta in the second game of the series.