The wind was blowing out today at American Family Fields of Phoenix and so was the baseball. Milwaukee Brewers hit 3 home run today as they went on to defeat the San Francisco Giants 13-7.
The Giants actually went out in front in this one early. Adrian Houser started for the Crew, and he and the Brewers’ defense struggled just a tad out of the gate. Alex Dickerson got things started for the Giants with a single to right. Houser next hit Darin Ruf with a pitch.
Things looks as if they would unravel when third baseman, Orlando Arcia botched a play at third to load the bases with no one out. Adrian Houser and Jake Cousins kept the damage to a minimum. Houser struck out Helot Ramos, and he got Mauricio Dubon to fly out. Dubon’s fly out resulted in the Giants first run of the game, but that would be the only run they would get in the inning as Cousins replaced Houser on the mound and got the final out of the inning.
Houser returned to the mound for the second inning, and Steven Duggar took him deep for a solo home run. Houser did demonstrate ability at inducing swing-and-miss. Every out he recorded in the second came by strike out.
The Giants took increased their lead by taking advantage of Eric Lauer’s lack of command. Lauer covered the third and fourth innings, and he struggled. He walked 5 and gave up 3 runs. It really could have been worse if Craig Counsell weren’t allowed to take advantage of the 20 pitch rule per inning that allows a manager to end the inning once the pitcher has finished with a hitter and is at 20 or more pitches. By the end of Lauer’s day, Milwaukee was behind, 5-1. But Milwaukee would come back.
While the Giants would score 7 runs, the Brewers would put 13 on the board. Milwaukee’s first run came in the bottom of the second. Omar Narvaez went deep for a solo shot.
The Brewers would put 2 on the board in the fourth. Orlando Arcia and Derek Fisher hit back-to-back doubles that resulted in Manny Pina and Arcia scoring. The Brewers scored 2 more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Avisail Garcia led the inning off with a bomb.
Christian Yelich followed by going back-to-back.
The Brewers continued the scoring in the sixth. Daniel Robertson led the inning off with a single, and Brice Turang pinch ran for him. Turang took second base on a pass ball, and top prospect, Garrett Mitchell singled him in. Zach Green scored Mitchell by doubling. Green scored on a Travis Shaw double.
The Brew Crew would score another run in the seventh and 4 more in the eighth. The big eighth inning was highlighted by a double from Tyrone Taylor and a triple by Zach Green. The win takes the Brewers to 6-3 in Cactus League play, and the offense looks like its running on all cylinders.
Milwaukee is at it once again tomorrow afternoon against the Oakland A’s. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 CT with Brett Anderson taking the mound against Chris Bassitt. Brewers’ fans can hear the game on WTMJ 620 and Brewers Radio Network.