The game started with the return of our hero, Junior Guerra. Unfortunately, the hero did not look great coming off his 10-day run on the disabled list. Guerra gave up a two-run RBI double in the top of the first, but the real trouble started in the second.
Guerra went for an easy field and throw to first on a bunt attempt by Nationals outfielder Micael Taylor. The pitcher uncharacteristically lobbed the ball past Jesús Aguilar, allowing Taylor to reach second. Guerra would then walk a batter before allowing a three-run homer to Adam Eaton with two outs. In good news for Guerra, his error means those runs were unearned.
After the second, the pitching settled into a groove and limited the Nats offense. For all the good Guerra wasn’t doing on the mound, he was at least hot with the bat. He hit two doubles, one resulting in the Brewers scoring their first run after an Eric Thames groundout in the fifth. Later that inning, Christian Yelich lifted a two-run homer, putting the Brewers behind by just one.
In the seventh, Ryan Braun hit a pinch-hit double and was later plated by Lorenzo Cain to tie the game at four.
While the Brewers were playing catch up, Jeremy Jeffress and Corbin Burnes held the Nationals scoreless in the seventh and eighth. Knebel came on in the ninth and only allowed a hit in a non-save situation, which is a big improvement for him.
After the Brewers failed to score in the bottom of the ninth, Taylor Williams came on to pitch. He cruised to two outs, but allowed a hit prompting Dan Jennings to come out and get the final out.
The Brewers headed to the bottom of the 10th looking to win and Lorenzo Cain got things started with a single. Not one to be outdone, Yelich moved LoCain over with a single of his own. The Nats then loaded the bases, got an out from Travis Shaw and the weight of the world rested on Tyler Saladino. The shortstop lifted a sac fly to center, winning the game for the Crew.
Now, we’ve won two in a row. If we win one later today, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before. Freddy Peralta (4-1, 2.65 ERA) will take the mound against Tanner Roark (3-12, 4.87 ERA). First pitch at Miller Park is at 1:10 p.m.