WP: Zach Davies (4-0, 1.56)
LP: Jason Vargas (1-2, 5.92 ERA)
HR: Christian Yelich (15), Juan Lagares (2)
The Milwaukee Brewers came into today’s game needing a special performance from their starting pitcher after the bullpen covered more than 13 innings in yesterday’s extra inning game. Zach Davies answered that call and then some, carrying the team to a 3-2 victory.
Davies pitched a spectacular game, going 7.2 innings and only giving up two runs. It took 118 pitches to get through it, but thanks to Davies, Milwaukee only had to use two bullpen pitchers. The last time a Brewers pitcher threw 118 pitches was June 18, 2017 when Jimmy Nelson went nine innings against the San Dieg Padres.
The two runs Davies allowed came on a Tomas Nido single in the fifth that brought in Old Friend Keon Broxton. The Mets got another run in the seventh on a Juan Lagares solo-homer. Outside of those two hits, Davies limited the Mets to four other hits and walk. He struck out five hitters.
Davies also got some huge support from his defense. Lorenzo Cain had one of his best catches of the year in the sixth inng when Pete Alonso drove a ball deep to the right-center gap.
Meanwhile, the offense got underway with Lorenzo Cain hitting a sac fly to drive in Manny Piña. Then, in his first start in six games, Christian Yelich hit his 15th homer of the year to give the Crew three runs, which was all they needed to win.
Josh Hader was able to finish the game out in the ninth inning. He cut through all three Mets batters in just 13 pitches to seal the victory and the sweep.
Unfortunately, the game also came with a cost. LoCain was hit by a pitch in his hand in the bottom of the sixth inning and would be forced to leave the game. In his post game press conference, Craig Counsell said the center fielder wasn’t seriously injured but would need at least a game to recover.
Milwaukee stays at Miller Park for a series against the Washington Nationals. The first game of the series will see Max Scherzer (1-4, 4.08 ERA) take on Jhoulys Chacín (3-3, 5.24 ERA). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m.