After one game of players weekend, the Brewers’ players might be getting some good feelings from these uniforms. If the results follow the next two days, they may ask to keep them.
The Brewers wasted no time getting to Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly. In the first, Lorenzo Cain led off with a single, and Yasmani Grandal walked. Christian Yelich replaced Grandal on base after a force out got Grandal at second, then Keston Hiura walked to load the bases. There was no trouble hitting with RISP here, though. Mike Moustakas doubled to bring in Cain and Yelich, and Braun singled to bring home Hiura. After the first, the Brewers had a 3-0 lead.
Staking the pitching staff to an early lead definitely helped their confidence, and Jordan Lyles made sure it paid off as much as possible. He pitched six innings, and they were sharp. He struck out five batters and did not allow a single hit, though did allow two walks. It was a dominant effort for Lyles, who was pitching very well.
The Brewers offense also made sure to further back up that start. In the third, Eric Thames homered to make it a 4-0 game. Keston Hiura added a home run in the fifth to make it 5-0, and a Braun single and Thames walk put two runners on base. Arcia singled and Braun tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate. However, Lyles followed it up with a single of his own that did score Thames, making it 6-0. Cain tried to keep the rally going, but struck out to end the inning. He argued with home plate umpire Ryan Blakney and that ended Cain’s day early as he was ejected (one of the few down points of the game).
Meanwhile, with Lyles at 99 pitches following the sixth inning, manager Craig Counsell decided to go to the bullpen. Lyles high for pitches this season had been 109, and not wanting to push that, he went to Devin Williams in the bullpen. Williams did get a flyout and strikeout to start the inning, but a single by Christian Walker ended the team no-hit bid.
Lyles did give his thoughts on being pulled after six after the game, and he was fine with it:
“I think it’s a different conversation if it’s past seven [innings],” Jordan Lyles said. More ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/HoFOVlWBSY— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 24, 2019
If you're wondering what Devin Williams said to himself after Christian Walker's 63.9 mph single broke up the Brewers' no-hit bit with two outs in the seventh inning, it was this, according to Williams:— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 24, 2019
The Brewers did try to tack on some more runs in the eighth as they loaded the bases with no outs, but the Pirates got the out at home on a ground ball to the pitcher, and Hiura grounded out to end the eighth. It was the return of some RISP problems, but overall, the Brewers were 4-for-12 on the day, so it was an improvement. They did leave 10 runners on base, though, as they collected 11 hits and 6 walks as a team.
The Diamondbacks did manage to break the shutout in the ninth. After a perfect eighth with two strikeouts from Jay Jackson, Jeremy Jeffress came in to finish the game. He started by walking Jarrod Dyson. In the next at-bat to Ketel Marte, a passed ball by Grandal let Dyson get to second, and then Marte singled to score Dyson. Jeffress shut it down the rest of the way as he induced a double play ball and got a groundout from Adam Jones to end the game. He did allow a run, but it was unearned due to the passed ball.
On offense, every starter (including Lyles) got a hit except for Christian Yelich, who is not the player you would expect to say that about. Yelich went 0-for-4 and left six runners on base, though did make it on base once with a walk. Grandal led the offense with a 2-for-3 day to go with two walks, and Braun also added two hits.
The weekend series continues with game two tonight against the Diamondbacks. Chase Anderson will face Zac Gallen. First pitch is at 6:10 pm.