W: Drew Rasmussen (1-0)
L: Danny Duffy (3-4)
HR: Christian Yelich (11), Jacob Nottingham (4), Orlando Arcia (4), Salvador Perez (7)
Ever watch a game you’re confident the Brewers will lose? Well, that’s absolutely how I felt after this game started. Adrian Houser was on the mound for the Crew and things got off to a messy start. Whit Merrifield led off the game with a single and was followed by an Adalberto Mondesi walk. The two runners were driven in on a two-RBI double from catcher Salvador Perez, all before the first out. After a line out, hunter Dozier singled and then stole second base on a steal that also brought home Salvador Perez thanks to a throwing error by Jacob Nottingham. After another walk, Houser FINALLY escaped thanks to a double play.
Houser allowed another run in the third inning. Mondesi made it to second thanks to a single and a throwing error from Ryan Braun. The speedy infielder then easily made it to home on a Perez single. Royals were up with an easy 4-0.
The Brewers finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when our hero Christian Yelich hit his 11th homer of the year to cut the Royals’ lead to three. Danny Duffy then unraveled, giving up a single to Braun (who was replaced by Ben Gamel after he came up with a limp), Jedd Gyorko walked, and Keston Hiura singled the bases full. Duffy walked Orlando Arcia to make it 4-2. Jacob Nottingham arrived at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. The young Sheriff launched a ball to left field, taking the 6-4 lead for Milwaukee.
Milwaukee kept piling on in the fifth. Ben Game lead off with a double and was followed by a Gyorko walk. With two outs, Orlando Arcia hit his own homer to left-center, bringing the Brewers’ lead to five runs.
Meanwhile, the Brewers’ bullpen mostly shut things down. Drew Rasmussen took over for Adrian Houser in the fifth inning and struck out two but allowed two base runners. Alex Claudio, Eric Yardley, Justin Topa and Corey Knebel all followed with scoreless innings of their own. Then, the Brewers brought in Josh Hader in a non-save situation to finish things off. Salvador Perez greeted the closer with a homer, finishing his four-RBI day. Hader responded by striking out the last three hitters and securing the W.
With today’s win, the Brewers are still a game back of the playoffs. They take on the Royals again tomorrow, with Corbin Burnes (3-0, 1.98 ERA) facing Kris Bubic (1-5, 4.50 ERA). First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. CDT.