WP: Shane Bieber (7-0)
LP: Brett Anderson (2-3)
SV: Brad Hand (11)
HR - None
The Brewers were able to fight hard and Never Say Never against Shane Bieber, but struggled to cash in on a pair of scoring opportunities in the middle innings and lost their series finale in Cleveland, 4-1.
Bieber showed why he’s been Cleveland’s platinum, silver and gold this year early, striking out 7 of 9 Brewers during the first time through the order and retiring 11 straight before Christian Yelich broke up the perfect game bid with a two-out walk in a 9-pitch at-bat in the top of the 4th inning. Daniel Vogelbach continued his hot start with the Brewers by breaking up the no-hitter with a screaming single sending Yelich to third, but Orlando Arcia couldn’t get him home, grounding out to end the rally.
The Brewers continued to make good contact against Bieber in the 5th inning, starting the frame with singles by Luis Urias and Jace Peterson to put runners at the corners with no one out. After a strikeout by Tyrone Taylor, Jacob Nottingham was able to get a run across with a slow-rolling hit up the middle that Cesar Hernandez had trouble handling, cutting the Brewers’ deficit at that point to 2-1.
A single by Ben Gamel loaded the bases for Keston Hiura and Christian Yelich, but Bieber was able to bounce back and strike both of them out to end the inning.
Shane Bieber, Dirty 84mph Knuckle Curve...and Sword. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/FAZ1vkpshc— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 6, 2020
Hiura and Yelich ended the game getting charged with leaving 4 men on base a piece, going a combined 0-for-7 with 4 strikeouts, 3 of which belonged to Yelich.
That would be as close as the Brewers would get, despite a solid outing from Brett Anderson.
The lefty once again didn’t miss many bats, but largely cruised through his first 5 innings, only allowing 2 runs on a pair of singles — the second one a bit of a fluke by Jordan Luplow when Anderson jammed him.
With his pitch count in very good shape and never really being tested early, Anderson went out to start the 6th inning, but facing the Cleveland lineup a third time proved to be a bad idea, even with how well he had been pitching to that point.
Anderson issued a leadoff walk to Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor followed with a double off the high wall in left field that was nearly a home run. An RBI single by Carlos Santana ended up forcing Anderson from the game. Eric Yardley was able to force a double play from Franmil Reyes, but that drove in another run, making the score 4-1.
Despite chasing Bieber with a high pitch count after 5 innings, the Brewers weren’t able to get anything going against the Cleveland bullpen, and went down rather quietly in the second half of the game.
Ryan Braun started the 9th inning with a single off of Brad Hand, but Tyrone Taylor ended the game with a double play.
The Brewers have Labor Day Monday off before heading to Detroit for a pair of games against the Tigers in the middle of the week. With 21 games to play, their record stands at 18-21.