The Milwaukee Brewers have not played well recently. Coming into this evening’s game Milwaukee is 3-8 since June 14. The teams played in that stretch have been the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and Seattle Mariners. With the exception of the Padres, every team mentioned has a losing record. Could the Brewers turn things around tonight by sending their 2019 version of a shut down reliever, Adrian Houser, to start the game. Unfortunately the answer to that question was no, and Milwaukee is 3-9 since June 14.
It was announced earlier this week that Jimmy Nelson would go to the bullpen, and that Adrian Houser would take his spot in the rotation. Houser certainly started the game, but was used for just two innings. Whether his short outing was by design or because of pitch count, Houser’s performance was less than stellar.
#Brewers starter Adrian Houser done after two laborious innings: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. 64 pitches, 35 strikes.— Tom (@Haudricourt) June 27, 2019
His first inning had a good news/bad news scenario. The good news was that he struck out the side. The bad news was that he gave up two runs and could not seem to locate where he wanted to. Mallex Smith led the game off with triple. J.P. Crawford followed with an RBI double. Houser would walk Daniel Vogelbach, and Omar Narvaez knocked in the second run of the inning with a single to right.
The Mariners would score one more run in the second inning. Houser walked Dee Gordon who went on to steal second base. The speedy Mariners second baseman would move to third base on a sacrifice fly. J.P Crawford drove him in on an RBI double, and Seattle had the early lead, 3-0.
With over 60 pitches thrown in just two innings, Adrian Houser was pulled for Freddy Peralta. Peralta struck out the side in the third inning and would shut down Seattle’s offense for the next four innings.
Not until the sixth inning would the Brewers get on the board, and they did it in exciting fashion. Mike Moustakas led the inning off by golfing a home run over the right field wall.
Ben Gamel would later follow with one of the more exciting plays you will ever see on a baseball field. Gamel flared a fly ball toward the left field line. Mac Williamson attempted a dive that failed. The ball got by Seattle’s left fielders, and Gamel kept running. In just 15 seconds, the Brewers’ outfielder rounded the bases for an inside-the-park home run to bring the Brew Crew within one.
Alex Claudio and Matt Albers pitched scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth innings respectively. Jeremy Jeffress would take over the top of the ninth. With two outs in the inning, Mallex Smith and J.P. Crawford continued their hot hitting in this series. Smith singled to left, and Crawford doubled to left to score the insurance run. They didn’t need it as the Brewers went down 1-2-3 to end the game.
The Brewers will look to avoid being swept by the American League West’s last place team tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 CT. Mike Leake will take the hill for Seattle, and Chase Anderson will attempt to stop the bleeding for Milwaukee. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin and heard on WTMJ.