The saying is that speed never slumps, and Jazz Chisholm, Jr. did his best to prove that adage correct in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins and American Family Field. Chisholm, Jr. started the game off by beating out a routine ground ball to shortstop for an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, then scored to give the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead against Adrian Houser and the Cream City Nine.
Chisholm, Jr. wound up leaving the game with a strained hamstring after that, though, and Houser settled in for a solid start. He held the Marlins scoreless in the second and third innings, then allowed a solo dinger to Jesus Aguilar in the fourth. In the fifth, Jon Berti and Sandy Leon led off with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners, then a wild pitch allowed Berti to score the Marlins third run. That’s be all they would get off Houser, who last 5.2 innings while allowing the three runs on five hits with one walk and seven punchouts. He fired 87 pitches and ends April with a 3.65 ERA.
Houser also helped himself at the dish, too. The Brewers loaded the bases in the first but failed to score, so when he came up with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the second, he decided to get the team on the board himself.
Houser’s first career big league home run tied the game up at 1-1, but it didn’t stay that way for long as the next batter, Tyrone Taylor, made it back-to-back jacks to give the Brewers their second run of the game. Taylor came up clutch again in the fifth, scoring Jackie Bradley, Jr. on an RBI groundout for Milwaukee’s third run of the game. In the fifth, Keston Hiura tripled with one out then came in to score on a two-out double by Luis Urias. The Brewers scored their fifth and final run in the sixth, again with Tyrone Taylor coming up big. Pablo Reyes reached on an error to start the inning and advanced to second on a groundout off the bat of Daniel Vogelbach. Taylor then singled to right to score Reyes, even if he was thrown out trying to stretch it to second base.
With three hits on the day, Taylor is now up to a .474 average with a 1.460 OPS, including a pair of home runs. He entered the contest with a 97.7 MPH average exit velocity on the season and has made loud contact with regularity during his chances at the big league level with the Brewers. Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich are both on the mend and should be back with the team and in the starting lineup before long; meanwhile, Avi Garcia is now at a .613 OPS, JBJ is at a paltry .590 OPS, and after a hot start, Billy McKinney has cooled off to a .241 average and .718 OPS.
Brent Suter wasn’t sharp and allowed a homer to Jon Berti during an inning of work in relief of Houser, but JP Feyereisen (0.1), Devin Williams (1.0), and Josh Hader (1.0, Save) each recorded scoreless appearances to close out this ballgame at a 5-4 victory for the Brewers. Tomorrow’s series finale will feature Sandy Alcantra going for the visitors while Zach Godley has been tabbed as the starter for Milwaukee. He’ll have to have his contact officially selected from the Alternate Training Site along with an accompanying 26- and 40-man roster move before Wednesday afternoon’s 12:40 PM central first pitch.