Milwaukee recalled Zack Godley from the Alternate Training Site to start today’s game on the mound in place of the injured Brett Anderson. Unfortunately for him and the Brewers, he was tagged with the loss in this one. He was only able to get through three innings before leaving the game with a finger contusion. In his first start for the Brewers, he gave up four runs, three earned. He gave up just one hit, but walked five.
The top of the second epitomized Godley’s rustiness as he had some nasty stuff, but had trouble with command. For example, after sawing off Corey Dickerson with a wicked cutter that shattered his bat on a foul ball, Godley gave him a free pass. Adam Duvall followed with a single to left. Dickerson advanced to third on a fielder’s choice by Jon Berti that resulted in Duvall being eliminated from the base paths at second.
Dickerson scored on a a weak ground ball that Godley picked up and threw to first. Somehow the first base umpire felt Godley interfered with Diaz’ progress to first base, and that same umpire called Diaz safe. Not surprisingly Brewers’ manager, Craig Counsell, was livid. The umpires convened and somehow the call stood.
Instead of two outs and a runner on second, it was now one out and runners on first and second. Both runners advanced as a breaking ball in the dirt got away from Omar Narvaez. Berti would score on another wild pitch by Godley, and the score was 2-0.
Milwaukee tied the game in the bottom of the third. Jackie Bradley Jr. got things started with a single. Later in the inning, Kolten Wong put a 2-run homer over the right field wall. Unfortunately that was all the scoring the Brewers would do today, and that was not all the scoring the Marlins would do.
Godley came back out for the top of the fourth, and proceeded to walk Isan Diaz. He advanced to second on a balk, and then he hit Chad Wallach. At that point, Craig Counsell lifted him from the game. Godley was looking at his fingers a lot in this start. It turns out something was wrong and is being reported as a contusion.
Eric Yardley replaced Godley, and he eventually had to face Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar has become a Brewers’ killer, and he killed a Yardley pitch for a 3-run homer that was just beyond the reach of Billy McKinney. The Aguilar homer proved the decisive factor in this one.
The Marlins would tack on one more run in the top of the fifth. Magnerius Sierra opened the inning with a single. Yardley intentionally walked Isan Diaz, which also sent Sierra to second and scoring position. Sierra did score on a single by Chad Wallach.
Milwaukee gets an off-day tomorrow before the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town on Friday. First pitch in that game is scheduled for 6:40 CT. The rotation has been adjusted to give Eric Lauer the start for the Brewers, with Godley hitting the injured list, while Trevor Bauer gets the nod for Los Angeles. The game can be heard on WTMJ 620 and Brewers Radio Network. It can be seen on Bally Sports Wisconsin and MLB Network if out-of-market.