The Brewers and Astros faced off in the first game of a two game series in Miller Park. Adrian Houser took the mound for Milwaukee and pitched well. Gerrit Cole toed the rubber for Houston and pitched great. Neither one would be around to get a decision in this game though.
The Brewers scored first. The first pitch Yasmani Grandal saw, he launched into the second deck of the left field seats. It was his 22nd of the season. It was about all the Brewers got against the Astros’ co-ace. Through six innings, Cole was dominant. He struck out 14 Brewer hitters during his start.
It may be Labor Day, but Yaz is in his office putting in work! #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/zR3lAFWFLg— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 2, 2019
Houston tied the game in the top of the third. Adrian Houser walked George Springer to lead off the inning. Jose Altuve followed with a flare over the outstretched glove of Orlando Arcia. With runners on first and second and no one out, Michael Brantley hit a slow ground ball in the spot that would normally be covered by the second baseman. In this case, the Brewers were shifted, and Arcia was in that position. He made the play and tagged second to make the first out of the inning. Springer advanced to third and scored on a Alex Bergman single.
The Astros would take the lead in the sixth. The “Raptor," Brent Suter, made his first MLB appearance since Tommy John surgery. He pitched well in 2.1 innings, but he gave up a go-ahead homer to Yordan Alvarez to make the score 2-1.
Things looked bleak for the Brewers in the bottom of the ninth, but When Christian Yelich comes to the plate in a one run game, the Brewers are never out of it. Yelich came up big. He hit his 43rd home run of the season to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
Yeli is back in a tie on top of the MLB home run leaderboard! #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/orXdWuLXGu— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 2, 2019
In the top of the tenth, Junior Guerra took over pitching duties. George Springer led things off, and he crushed a home run to straight away centerfield for the go-ahead, and ultimately winning run of the game. Unfortunately the Brewers were unable to respond in the bottom of the tenth as Christian Yelich was rung up on a most questionable strike call with two runners on. The Astros won 3-2.
I'm no expert lip reader, but I'm pretty sure Christian Yelich said "brutal" after Ben May rung him up for the second time in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Astros.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 2, 2019
Left, sixth inning.
Right, 10th with the winning run on base. pic.twitter.com/3Ox6Ucw73n