WP: Adam Morgan (2-1)
LP: Matt Albers (2-2)
HR: Mike Moustakas (10), Ceasar Hernandez (4)
It was anything but a pretty night in Philadelphia for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Crew stranded 14 base runners and failed to capitalize early. That and a couple of late-game miscues led to a Phillies comeback and victory.
What’s easiest to look back on in this game is the early miscues. Milwaukee had a strong offensive first inning, when Christian Yelich drove in Lorenzo Cain to take a 1-0 lead and Yelich came in to score on a Yasmani Grandal triple.
Milwaukee scored again in the third on a Mike Moustakas solo homer, but would be frustrated in the fourth inning. It started off with a LoCain RBI double with no outs. Yelich and Moose would walk to load the bases, but all three were stranded on a Grandal force out and Eric Thames strikeout.
Milwaukee loaded the bases again in the fifth inning, but ended their threat on a Yelich fly out. And the Brewers loaded the bases AGAIN in the seventh inning, but Moustakas would be kept off the board by a diving Bryce Harper save.
While the offense struggled to bring runners home, the bullpen also didn’t do it’s part to hold onto the lead. Jeremy Jeffress replaced starter Freddy Peralta in the fourth and allowed a game-tying two-run homer with two outs.
The game-winning run was the result of a Matt Albers strikeout, but Yasmani Grandal couldn’t secure the out. That runner and two more would come around to score in the seventh, helping the Phillies cruise to victory.
The only player who cannot take any blame for tonight’s loss is Lorenzo Cain. Despite notching the last out of the game, Cain had five hits, including two doubles and a stolen base.
Tomorrow will see Brandon Woodruff (5-1, 4.25 ERA) take on Jerad Eickhoff (2-1, 1.50 ERA) for game two in Philly. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.