The Milwaukee Brewers came into today’s action hoping to salvage something on this current road trip that saw them lose four to the Phillies and lose their first match up against the Marlins. The Brewers were able to get the win last night, and hoped to at least get a series win this afternoon.
Brett Anderson toed the rubber for the Brew Crew after being activated from the injured list. He faced off against Sandy Alcantara. Anderson was out there to be the first in a line of pitchers the Marlins would face. While Anderson was pitching, he was good. He covered three innings, striking out three, and giving up nothing. Brad Boxberger and Eric Lauer covers the next three innings and gave up nothing as well.
Sandy Alcantara was effective for the Marlins. His only blemish was a solo shot off the bat of Daniel Vogelback. The Brewers were up 1-0 after the top of the fourth blast.
Brewers pitchers had a handle on things for the first six innings of this contest. In the seventh there was a small hiccup. With J.P. Feyereisen pitching, the Marlins tied the game when old friend, Lewis Brinson, took the Brewers’ reliever deep.
Brewers pitching returned to scoreless form after the Brinson home run. Devin Williams took over the eighth. Josh Hader took over the ninth. The result was a big zero for the Miami Marlins. Unfortunately, the Brewers’ bats were not coming through either, so the game went to extra innings.
In the top of the tenth, the Brewers were able to score their complimentary runner from second base who came in the form of Pablo Reyes. Reyes came around to score on a Tyrone Taylor single, and things looked good for Milwaukee at 2-1.
The suspense was not done however. Obviously the Marlins got their complimentary runner at second too. In this case, the runner came in the form of a very fast Lewis Brinson. Drew Rasmussen replaced Josh Hader on the mound in the bottom of the tenth with the lead. Rasmussen struck out Isan Diaz to start things off. Jesus Aguilar pinch hit for Sandy Leon, and he flew out. Aguilar was credited for a sacrifice as Brinson tagged up to third.
Jon Berti came up next as a pinch hitter for Anthony Bass. Berti drew a walk, and things got a little more suspenseful. Not to worry, Rasmussen got Miguel Rojas ground out, and he converted his first big league save.
Milwaukee gets an off day tomorrow, but on Tuesday they begin a home stand that sees them play three against St. Louis and three against Atlanta. In game one against the Cardinals on Tuesday, Freddy Peralta is scheduled to get the start on the mound, while Kwang Hyun Kim is to do the same for St. Louis. Game time is scheduled for 6:40 CT.