The Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners faced off in the first of three at Miller Park this evening. Milwaukee’s defense was sensational at certain points in the game, and dismal in others. Nonetheless, Zach Davies did not have an effective outing going only four innings and giving up six runs, although only four were earned.
The Brewers got on the board first. With two outs and an 0-2 count, Ryan Braun doubled on a hanging slider by Mariners’ starter, Marco Gonzalez. Mike Moustakas followed with a ground ball that rolled below the glove of Kyle Seager and into left field. Braun was able to score.
Zach Davies cruised through the first two innings of the game. In the top of the third, Davies got into trouble. Mallex Smith got things rolling for Seattle with a double to right. J.P. Crawford immediately followed with a triple, scoring Smith.
Domingo Santana next hit a bouncing ball that should have been played by Orlando Arcia. The ball ended up in left, Santana ended upon second. and Crawford scored. The misplay by Arica was ruled a double for Santana. The misplay also allowed the flood gates to open. Daniel Vogelbach launched a two run shot into the right field seats. That made the score 4-1.
Things did not get better in the fourth. Davies walked Mac Williamson to begin the inning. Dee Gordon followed with a ground ball to Moustakas. Moose attempted to turn the double play, but his throw pulled Arcia off second. Marco Gonzalez next tried to sacrifice over the two runners on base. The bunt went towards Davies, and he made a poor throw to first. Williamson scores. Dee Gordon would score the Mariners’ sixth run on a fielder’s choice.
Aaron Wilkerson took over the fifth and sixth innings. Wilkerson did give up one run in the fifth. Omar Narveaz singled off the new Brewers’ pitcher. He walked Williamson next. Gordon doubled home Narveaz for the Mariners’ seventh run.
The Brewers got a couple of run back in the bottom of the fifth. Yasmani Grandal crushed a solo shot for his 18th home run of the season. Braun, Moustakas, and Jesus Aguilar all singled in the inning. Aguilar’s single would score Braun and get the Brewers a run closer.
The seventh and eighth innings went to Jimmy Nelson. He put runners on base in both innings, giving up two hits and four walks in the two innings he pitched. Luckily, he was able to escape unscathed in both the seventh and the eighth. Junior Guerra would take the ninth inning. Kyle Seager would double off of him, and later come around to score on a Tim Beckham single. That would prove to be the last run of the game, and the Mariners would take the first game of this series, 8-3.
The Brewers and Mariners go at it again tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT. Adrian Houser will get the start for the Brew Crew. The Mariners have yet to announce a starter for the game. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin and listened to on WTMJ.