Milwaukee faced off with the Minnesota Twins for the first game in a quick, two game series. Gio Gonzalez was the initial out getter for the Brew Crew, and Michael Pineda took the mound for Minnesota. With the exception of a four run second inning by the Twins, Brewers pitching was exceptional, giving up nothing for the rest of the game.
As I mentioned, Minnesota got the scoring started in the bottom of the second. Eddie Rosario began things with a single to right. With two outs, the Twins started hitting. Wilson Astudillo singled to right, sending Rosario to third. Luis Arraez scored Rosario with another single. Byron Buxton next launched a three run homer to left center to make it 4-0.
The Brewers immediately countered with some offense of their own. Keston Hiura and Eric Thames led the inning off with singles. Orlando Arcia drove a double to left center, scoring Hiura. Both Thames and Arcia would score on sacrifice flies by Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to make the score 4-3.
The Twins threatened again in the bottom of the third. They had runners on second and third and one out. Gio was able to wiggle out of trouble with the help of a diving play by Ben Gamel.
Gonzalez was able to 4.2 innings before handing it over to the bullpen. Jeremy Jeffress took over and was able to get the last out in the fifth. However it ended on a scary note. Astudillo lined a shot back to Jeffress, which he caught. Jeffress fell back awkwardly and seemed to hurt himself. He was able to walk off under his own power.
Junior Guerra took over the sixth and pitched a scoreless inning. Corbin Burnes followed with a scoreless seventh.
The top of the eighth was good for the Brewers. Hernan Perez led the inning off with a double to the left centerfield wall. Orlando Arcia followed with a two run shot to put Milwaukee up, 5-4.
Josh Hader came on in the eighth and pitched another scoreless inning. He returned for the ninth. The ninth was not as easy going as the eighth. Hader walked Jonathan Schoop, and C.J. Cron singled to make it runners on first and second with just one out. He was able to get Eddie Rosario to fly out, and strike out Miguel Sano on three pitches to notch his 13th save of the season.
The Brewers and Twins go at it again tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT. Zach Davies will face off against Martin Perez. The game can be heard on WTMJ and seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin.