WP: Brandon Woodruff (6-1)
LP: Jerad Eickhoff (2-2)
HR: Yasmani Grandal (7), Ryan Braun (9)
All eyes were on number one prospect Keston Hiura as he made his big league debut. Before Kestdaddy could get his first at-bat, Yasmani Grandal got the scoring going with a three-run homer. Hiura followed Yaz’s bomb up with his first major league hit, a single off Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff. Literally, right off of him.
Milwaukee would get more runs on the board in the third, when the legendary Ryan Braun hit his 25th career home run against Philadelphia, driving in Christian Yelich.
While the offense was finally putting runs on the board, Brandon Woodruff clawed his way through a scoreless six-inning start. Woody walked five Phillies in the first three innings, but always managed to escape. After the third, something clicked and he sat down the next nine batters in order.
The Crew would load the bases with no out in the eighth, but unlike the first game in the series, the Milwaukee Nine would manage to push a run across on a Ben Gamel RBI single.
Reliever Jacob Barnes made the ninth inning a little more thrilling than it needed to be, putting two runners on and bouncing a bunch of pitches in the dirt. Barnes would exit the inning without any runners coming across, ending the Brewers’ three-game losing streak.
Just because I know you’re curious, Keston Hiura went 2 for 3 in his debut with a walk. His only out came on a spectacular sliding catch made by Bryce Harper against the wall.
The four-game series continues tomorrow when Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.69 ERA) goes up against Jake Arrieta (4-3, 3.78 ERA). First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.