While the Brewers took the win at home, the road team had a tougher time this afternoon. They couldn’t make it a two win day for the Brewers.
The game started off well enough. Avisail Garcia reached on an error, and Ryon Healy hit a single to put two runners on base. Ben Gamel then hit a triple, scoring both runs and staking the Brewers to an early 2-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Adrian Houser got the start for the Brewers, and started off with two scoreless innings, allowing just one walk. He did get into some trouble in the third, as the Athletics got a double from Franklin Barreto, then a two out walk from Matt Chapman. A single by Matt Olson scored Barreto, cutting the Brewers lead to 2-1. Houser finished the third and pitched to one batter in the fourth before ending his day. He finished with 3.1 innings pitched, allowing just the one run on two hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.
Matt Hardy pitched the rest of the fourth for the Brewers and kept it as a 2-1 game, but the rest of the bullpen couldn’t do the same. Josh Hader took the fifth and was completely wild today. He allowed a leadoff double to Barreto, who then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Marcus Semin and Matt Champan walked to load the bases, and Hader then had another wild pitch that allowed Barreto to score, tying the game at 2-2. Hader got Matt Olson to pop out before his day was ended, and Aaron Wilkerson came on in relief. It didn’t get better from there. Khris Davis had a sacrifice fly to give the Athletics a 3-2 lead, and Mark Canha singled to add on another run. The Brewers finished the fourth down 4-2, with all three runs charged to Hader, who also allowed two walks, a hit, and two wild pitches.
Meanwhile, Wilkerson’s day didn’t get better in the sixth. He allowed doubles to the first three batters he faced in the sixth, increasing the Athletics lead to 6-2. He did settle down after that and struck out two of the last three batters he faced. However, his day was just as rough, allowing two runs on four hits with those two strikeouts.
The Brewers did put together a little more offense in the seventh. Brice Turang walked to put a runner on base, then Avisail Garcia singled to move Turang to third. A single by Lucas Erceg drove in Turang, cutting the Athletics lead down to 6-3.
Clayton Andrews had the seventh, and he didn’t get any help from the defense. New center fielder Ryan Aguilar committed a fielding error that allowed Robbie Grossman to reach third base, and then another wild pitch scored Grossman and increased the Athletics lead to 7-3. Andrews did allow a single and two walk as well in the inning, but those didn’t end up hurting. He finished his day with a strikeout to Barreto, and Trey Supak took over and finished the seventh.
Supak remained in for the eighth, and the defense continued to cause problems for him. Ryan Court reached on a fielding error from left fielder Alexander Palma, though did record two outs on groundouts. He should have been out of the inning at that point, but the error kept the inning going. The Athletics took full advantage, with Jason Krizan hitting a two-run home run to make it a 9-3 game. Austin Beck then walked and Seth Brown singled to put two more runners on base, and Austin Allen doubled to score them both, and the Athletics lead was up to 11-3. Robbie Hitt finished the inning for Supak, recording a lineout to the one batter he faced in the game. Supak ended up getting charged with four unearned runs in addition to the three hits and one walk he allowed.
The Brewers did try to rally in the ninth, with David Hamilton and Brice Turang drawing walks and advancing a base on a wild pitch. However, the offense couldn’t drive them and the Brewers lost 11-3.
The offense did manage nine hits in the game, with Ryon Healy having two of those. Ben Gamel drove in two runs with his triple, but the offense was not able to do much else. Meanwhile, the pitching staff had a tough day overall. As a team, they allowed 11 runs (6 of those were earned), 12 hits, 7 walks, and 3 wild pitches.
It’s a night game for the Brewers tomorrow as they take on the Mariners. Corbin Burnes is scheduled to start for the Brewers and Taijuan Walker starts for the Mariners. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 pm.