The San Francisco Giants looked as if they were going to have their way with the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon. Instead things got interesting late as Milwaukee pulled even in the top of the ninth.
The Giants scored early off of Brewers’ starter Josh Lindblom in the bottom of the first. Brandon Crawford led off the first with a single to left field. Evan Longoria immediately followed with a doubled, scoring Crawford.
The Giants added a run in the third inning. Replacing Lindblom, Eric Lauer gave up a home run to Brandon Crawford over the right center field fence. At the end of three, the Giants led the Brewers 2-0.
San Francisco would tack on one more in the seventh. Brewer Nation favorite Mauricio Dubon drew a walk from Devin Williams and advanced to second on a single by Steven Duggar. Dubon stole third base, and scored on a ground out by Abiatal Avelino.
Going into the top of the ninth inning the Brewers found themselves down 3-0, but the Brew Crew decided to show some fight before heading to the golf course. At least the young guys did. David Freitas led things off with a single to center field. Joantgel Segovia followed with a single of his own.
Milwaukee loaded the bases as the Giants’ Jalen Miller failed to catch a throw. Ryon Healy was safe and all runners advanced ninety feet. Mario Feliciano drove into two with a double. Milwaukee tied the game 3-3 on a single by Lucas Erceg, scoring Healy. Since the Giants were unable to score in the bottom of the ninth, the game ended in a tie.
Once considered the Milwaukee Brewers' third baseman of the future, Lucas Erceg is seeking to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 at Class AAA San Antonio. https://t.co/SmqLgun6yf— JSOnline - Brewers (@js_brewers) February 26, 2020
Overall this game gave us our first chance to see a lot of pitchers that should make contributions this season for the first time. As previously mentioned Josh Lindblom started the game and pitched two innings. Eric Lauer followed with two innings as well. After that it was a series of one inning appearances highlighted by Josh Hader, Bobby Wahl, and Devin Williams. In what could be a preview of the backend of Milwaukee’s bullpen, Hader struck out the side while Wahl struck out two. Williams did give up a run, but he struck out two as well.
The only big Milwaukee name in today’s position player group was Keston Hiura. He went 0-3 while striking out once. Justin Smoak had two hits, while the big hits in the ninth came from Mario Feliciano and Lucas Erceg.
Milwaukee will be at it again tomorrow afternoon as they take on the Kansas City Royals at 2:05 CT. We will get our first look at Brett Anderson as he faces off with Jakob Junis. The game will be played at American Family Fields of Phoenix.
Prayers be with you, Milwaukee.