It is not often the Brewers play a team that hits more home runs than they do, but they did today in the form of the Minnesota Twins. The Twins added to their franchise record breaking total in this one as they launched three.
They got started really early with Mitch Garver who led the game of with a home run off Brewers’ starter Gio Gonzalez. This time he hit it just over the right field wall.. Later in the inning Eddie Rosario launched a solo shot off Gonzalez for a 2-0 early lead.
The Brewers answered in the bottom half of the inning. Trent Grisham hit a lead off single into centerfield. He was able to advance to second on a wild pitch by Twins starter, Kyle Gibson. Keston Hiura drove Grisham in with a single to left to make it 2-1.
The Twins added to their lead in the top of the third. Miguel Sano hit a bomb that left the stadium, and the score was 3-1.
Again the Brewers answered in the bottom half of the inning. Keston Hiura singled again to left. With two outs, Lorenzo Cain singled to center and Hiura went to second. Eric Thames drove in Hiura with a single to right. The score after three innings was 3-2, Twins.
Gio Gonzalez was not particularly sharp in this one, and it showed most in the top of the fourth. He walked Max Kepler. Kepler would advance to third on a double by former Brewer, Jonathan Schoop. Gonzalez loaded the bases by walking the opposing, American League pitcher, Kyle Gibson. Jorge Polanco served an two RBI single into centers, and Gio Gonzalez’ day was over without getting out of the fourth.
The Brewers were able to get just a bit closer in the bottom of the fifth. With one out in the inning, Mike Moustakas doubled on a line drive into right. Lorenzo Cain made a productive out by grounding out to first, advancing Moustakas to third. Eric Thames drove in his second run of the day with a single that deflected off the glove of Jonathan Schoop, and the Brewers were within two runs.
Eric Thames continues his big day for #Brewers with third hit -- an RBI single with two down in the fifth. 3-for-3 with two RBI as Twins' lead shrinks to 5-3.— Tom (@Haudricourt) August 14, 2019
Ray Black made his Milwaukee debut in this one. He took over the sixth inning and was able to pitch around a triple for a scoreless inning.
Ray Black comes on in the sixth to make his #Brewers debut. Let's watch the radar gun.— Tom (@Haudricourt) August 14, 2019
The bottom of the eighth got exciting in Milwaukee. Ryan Braun hit routine ground ball to Polanco at shortstop. Polanco threw it in the dirt and C.J. Cron was unable to pick up his shortstop. The beneficiaries were Braun and the Brewers.
Hernan Perez followed with a single off a breaking pitch by Sergio Romo. Braun aggressively took the extra base, and it was first and third and no one out for the Brewers. With the shadows working in the Romo’s favor, the rookie, Trent Grisham came up clutch. On a 2-2, 87 mph fastball, Grisham launched a three run shot into the second deck, and the Brewers took the lead late, 6-5.
Matt Albers got the call to close the game out. He made things interesting to say the least, walking the bases loaded. Fortunately he was able to pitch out of it and notch the save.
The Brewers have the day off tomorrow before traveling to Washington D.C. for a crucial three game series with the Nationals. Patrick Corbin is supposed to pitch in game one of this series. The Brewers have not announced who will pitch for them. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Wisconsin and broadcast via radio on WTMJ.