The Brewers and Tigers went at again this evening at Miller Park as Adrian Houser took the mound for Milwaukee. Spencer Turnbull got the start for Detroit. Things were looking bad early in this one for the Brew Crew, but they were able to notch their twelfth come-from-behind victory of the season tonight.
Detroit did their best to demoralize the Brew Crew early in this one as they jumped on Milwaukee 3-0 in the first inning. Victor Reyes started things off much the same way he left things last night. He doubled into the right field gap.
Reyes advanced to third on a slow dribbler by Jonathan Schoop that resulted in everyone being safe. Later in the inning the bases would be loaded when Willi Castro hit another dribbler. This time it hugged the first base line ten feet in front of home plate allowing Reyes to score the first run of the game. On top of that, the bases continued to be loaded.
Jorge Bonifacio drove in the next two runs. On a hanging breaking ball from Houser, Bonifacio laced a ball into the left field gap that cleared the wall on a bounce for a ground rule double. Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario scored.
The Tigers would add another run in the top of the third inning. Candelario lined a single against the shift into left field. He would advance to third on a single to left by Willi Castro. Christian Stewart drove in that fourth run for the Tigers with a fly ball to left that allowed Candelario to tag up and score.
Milwaukee would get back in this one as they responded in the bottom of the third. With one out in the inning, Spencer Turnbull walked Ben Gamel. Turnbull followed the walk to Gamel with a walk to Christian Yelich. Keston Hiura was up next, and he got a fastball over the heart of the plate. Hiura did what he was supposed to do with a mistake. He launched it high over the center field wall, and the Brewers were back in the game, down just 4-3.
Detroit picked up their fifth run of the game in the top of the fifth inning. Miguel Cabrera led the inning off with a laser into center field for a double. He would advance to third on a ground out by Candelario. Willi Castro drove home the future Hall of Famer with a single.
Milwaukee tied things up in the bottom of the fifth. Christian Yelich led the inning off with a walk. Yeli then used his legs as he stole second for his third base of the year. Turnbull was able to strike out Keston Hiura, but Justin Smoak induced a walk of the Tigers’ starter. The walk forced Ron Gardenhire’s hand, and he went to his bullpen.
The new pitcher was John Schreiber, and he inherited runners on first and second. He would make it a bases loaded situation with a walk to Avisail Garcia. Omar Narvaez followed by driving in the game tying runs. Breaking his bat on the contact, Narvaez’s hit was able to just clear the glove of Tigers’ second baseman, Jonathan Schoop. As the ball fell into right field, Yelich scored easily. Running all the way on the play, Justin Smoak came around to score as well as the a couple of Tigers fumbled around with the ball in the outfield.
Adrian Houser was able to complete five innings tonight. He gave up five runs across those five innings on nine hits. Houser was a bit chirpy at times with home plate umpire. Houser probably felt he was being squeezed. At the same time, his lose of composure might have impacted his pitching. Manager Craig Counsell certainly thought it necessary to go out and calm down his pitcher in the fifth inning with what looked like a very one sided conversation. After Houser’s talk with the manager at the mound, he was able to get the final two outs of the inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Brewers would take the lead. Justin Smoak led things off with a walk. Avi Garcia was next hit by a pitch. Luis Urias came up later in the inning and singled into the hole between third base and shortstop. All runners advanced ninety feet, and the bases were loaded.
Smoak did score from third as he tagged up on an Eric Sogard sacrifice fly to give the Brewers the lead. Garcia tagged up from second to third as well. Urias would steal second to put two runners in scoring position. The Brewers would load the bases again as Orlando Arcia was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately, Milwaukee would not take advantage of the opportunity to tack on.
In the bottom of the eighth, Christian Yelich led things off with his fourth walk of the night. He next stole his second base of the night as he swiped second. He would come around to score on a 2-run bomb from Jace Peterson. The added insurance by Peterson made the Brewers’ lead going into the ninth 8-5. Of note, Tigers’ pitchers walked ten Brewers’ hitters and hit two of them. Control was not their strong suit this evening.
As for pitching, the Brewers’ starter, Adrian Houser labored through this game. The bullpen, however, locked things down. Eric Yardley took the sixth and seventh innings, and held the Tigers scoreless. Devin Williams got the ball in the top of the eighth, and he continued his dominance of opposing hitters. A pop up and two strikeouts led to a 1-2-3 inning.
Josh Hader finished things off in the ninth inning, although things got off to a difficult start. With two strikes on Bonifacio, he bounced a slider that hit Bonifacio’s foot, awarding him first base. Fortunately, Hader was able to get the next two hitters to pop up for easy outs. Brewers’ nemesis Victor Reyes came to the plate next, and Hader was able to get him swinging to end the game and notch his ninth save.
Tomorrow is an off day for Milwaukee as they start a road trip that begins in Cleveland on Friday. Whomever pitches for Milwaukee, they are supposed to face off against Carlos Carrasco. Game time is scheduled for 6:10 CT. As is usual the game can be heard on WTMJ 620 and seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin.