WP: Brad Ziegler (1-5); LP: Corey Knebel (2-1) Save: none; Homeruns: Mil - Jesus Aguilar (23); Mia - Starlin Castro (7), Brian Anderson (7)
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The Milwaukee Brewers (54-37) got off on the wrong foot on their eight game road trip leading up to the All Star break, losing in 10 innings to the Miami Marlins (38-55) 4-3. Milwaukee missed several scoring opportunities and saw a rare poor performance by All Star Josh Hader in dropping a winnable game.
Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson struggled throughout his outing and ended up going just 4.2 innings and allowing eight hits, but the only run he gave up was unearned due to an error by Jesus Aguilar in the fourth. Chase walked two and struck out three, but came out when he gave up back to back singles with two out in the fifth. The run that scored, however, was one of Anderson’s walks, leading off that fourth.
Milwaukee had taken a lead in the third when Eric Thames tripled off of Marlins’ starter Jose Urena with two down, and Lorenzo Cain singled him home with a first pitch punch single on a grounder to the right side.
Aguilar then pulled an inside fastball into the left field seats in the top of the fourth, giving the Crew a 2-0 lead. The Marlins’ run in the bottom half of the inning cut the lead in half, and it stayed there into the bottom of the seventh.
The lead off walk in the bottom of the fourth reached second on a throwing error by Aguilar that could have put Milwaukee into a nobody on, two out situation. Instead, it was two on, nobody out. The run ultimately scored on a foul sac fly by Bryan Holaday.
Jeremy Jeffress had rescued Anderson in the fifth, getting the final out on a groundball well played by Brad Miller, cutting in front of the bag and throwing across his body to retire former Brewer Garrett Cooper. Jeffress then had a perfect sixth.
Josh Hader hadn’t pitched in a week, and looked rusty in the seventh, allowing back to back homers to Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson. To be fair, Josh should have struck out Castro when his 2-2 fastball caught plenty of the plate but was called ball three. Hader’s next two pitches left the park and were no-doubters. One out later Martin Prado singled to left but was thrown out by Cain trying for second, and the inning ended with Miami up 3-2.
The Brewers were finally able to push across a run in the top of the eighth, tying the game at three. Cain had a lead-off single and was replaced on a fielder’s choice by Christian Yelich. Yelich stole second but Aguilar fanned for the second out. Travis Shaw singled to right to send Yelich home, with Shaw taking second on the throw. Miller was intentionally walked but Hernan Perez bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Hader couldn’t finish the bottom of the eighth after giving up a walk and single to start the inning. A sac bunt put runners on second and third, and Hader struck out Derek Dietrich for the second out. Craig Counsell went with Taylor Williams and he retired Castro on an infield pop-up.
Both teams went 1-2-3 in the ninth, and Milwaukee wasted a great opportunity against Marlins’ closer Brad Ziegler in the tenth. Cain walked leading off the inning and took third on a grounded single to left. When Dietrich threw to third, Yelich took second, so the Brewers had runners at second and third with nobody out. But once again Aguilar struck out, on three pitches this time. Shaw was walked intentionally but Miller hit the first pitch for one of the most tailor made double plays ever.
Brewers’ closer Corey Knebel wasn’t as lucky in the bottom of the inning...or as good, I guess. After a first batter ground out, Knebel hit Miguel Rojas with two strikes on him, and walked Cameron Maybin on four pitches (ball four was a strike, but whatevs). The two runners stole on the first pitch to Holaday, and with the infield in Holaday bounced a base hit up the middle to end the game 4-3 Marlins.
- Cain had three hits and a walk for the Brewers
- Aguilar’s homer gives him the National League lead at 23, but his best play of the day came on a throw to first. Jeffress took a slow roller by Maybin and threw to Zeus moving towards first. Jeremy’s throw was behind Aguilar (and too hard), but Zeus reached out with his bare hand to grab the throw and stabbed the base just ahead of Maybin for the out.
- Jacob Nottingham had the start at catcher with Manny Pina on the DL and collected his first two major league hits, a fifth inning single and a seventh inning double.
- Milwaukee had runners in scoring position with less than two outs that didn’t score in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and tenth innings.
- The Marlins had thirteen hits, four walks, a hit batter, and an error but just scored the four runs. They had 22 hits yesterday against the Nationals.
- Maybin was on base four times with two singles and two walks, and had two stolen bases.
Game two of the series tomorrow night will see Jhoulys Chacin (7-3, 3.63) go for Milwaukee and face the Marlins’ Pablo Lopez (1-0, 5.27). Miami had lots of luck against fastballs tonight, so the off speed stylings of Chacin will hopefully befuddle the Marlin bats.