WP: Jhoulys Chacín (10-3)
LP: Johnny Cueto (3-2)
HR: Christian Yelich (15), Nick Hundley (9)
The Brewers welcomed Mike Moustakas to the team tomorrow in about the best way possible: Putting together a strong win.
They took the lead early, recording three runs in the second inning. Eric Thames doubled to lead off the inning, then Erik Kratz drove in Thames with a single. Orlando Arcia also had a single, then Christian Yelich drove both Kratz and Arcia in to up the lead to 3-0. However, Yelich ran into an out to end the second inning.
Two more singles in the fourth inning (from Thames and Arcia) upped the lead to 4-0. Then, in the fifth inning, Yelich led off with a home run, and then three singles in a row (Cain, Moustakas, Aguilar) drove in a sixth run. The last run came in the eighth inning, when Thames reached base on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
The Brewers lineup tonight didn’t have any problems against Giants starter Johnny Cueto. Seven of the nine starters in the lineup collected a hit, including Moustakas, who went 1-for-5 with a strikeout in his first game. Lorenzo Cain led the day going 4-for-5, while Christian Yelich went 2-for-5 and drove in three of the seven runs. Erik Kratz and Orlando Arcia also each added on two-hit games. Travis Shaw was the only starting position player to not collect a hit, as he made his first start at second base.
Jhoulys Chacín also made sure that the Brewers would get a win in Moustakas’ first start as a Brewer. He pitched seven strong innings, allowing just three hits, a walk, and a run, while striking out six. Meanwhile, Johnny Cueto of the Giants just pitched four innings, allowing eight hints and four runs. Ty Blach made a long relief appearance and took the other three runs in 3.1 innings pitched.
Taylor Williams and Dan Jennings finished out the game for the Brewers, each pitching an inning. Williams had a perfect inning with a strikeout, while Jennings allowed a hit.
This four game series concludes tomorrow as the Brewers go for the series sweep. Junior Guerra is back on the mound tomorrow, facing Andrew Suárez. First pitch is at 3:05 pm.