If you knew the Milwaukee Brewers were going to hit five home runs tonight against the Detroit Tigers, you would have bet the farm on a Brewers win. With the Brewers starting pitching prowess and the fact that they were playing a sub-.500 club would have the odds of that bet coming up blue and gold an almost certainty. Unfortunately you would have lost that bet this evening.
The bats were on full display as Kolten Wong and Tyrone Taylor went deep twice a piece and Luis Urias added one for good measure. The starting pitching failed to show up this evening however.
The Brewers sent Eric Lauer to the mound for the start, and he struggled mightily. He lasted just two innings. He gave up seven runs on seven hits all earned. The big issue, as it has been for much of his time as a Brewer, was the long ball. Tonight he gave up three. Add two doubles and two walks to the equation, and it was actually surprising that the Tigers scored just seven off Lauer.
The Brewers put up some offense too. In the first, the Brewers actually took an early lead when Kolten Wong led things off with a solo shot over the right field wall.
After a 6-run second inning by the Tigers, the Brewers did score one in the bottom of the second. This time it was a solo shot off the bat of Tyrone Taylor who was just called up from Nashville to replace the injured Lorenzo Cain on the roster.
Lauer would give up one more run in the third and not record an out in the inning. From there, the Brewers’ bullpen held the Tigers to just one more run. Trevor Richards stopped the bleeding, and Adrian Houser pitched for the next five innings, keeping Milwaukee within striking distance. Over his five innings, he gave up just one run and struck out six.
The Brewers did their share of scoring in this one too. They scored two in the bottom of the third. After a Daniel Robertson walk, Kolten Wong hit his second homer of the night.
They scored one in the fifth as well. After a Christian Yelich single, Avisail Garcia doubled. Yelich scored all the way from first.
In the bottom of the eighth, Tyrone Taylor achieved his first two homer game of his big league career. This time he pulled the ball over the left field wall. That made the score 8-6, and things looked at least promising.
Unfortunately Eric Yardley has not been able to replicate in 2021 what he did in 2020. His struggles continued tonight as he took over the top of the ninth. Three walks, a wild pitch, and a double led to two runs for the Tigers, extending the Brewers deficit back up to four at 10-6.
Milwaukee showed a little fight in the bottom of the ninth. Luis Urias went deep to lead off the inning. Travis Shaw followed by drawing a walk. With that brought the top of the lineup with no one out and a runner on. The excitement turned to dismay as the Brewers went down 1-2-3 with Wong, Adames, and Yelich.
Milwaukee gets a day off tomorrow, but get back to it on Thursday when they face the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 CT. The game will be televised on Bally Sports Wisconsin and broadcast over the radio on WTMJ 620 and the Brewers Radio Network.