After the Brewers’ bad game yesterday, they managed to turn the tables with a much better day today. Unfortunately, it came with an injury for the second straight day.
The game started off quick, as Kolten Wong hit the third pitch of the game out to right for a quick 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Freddy Peralta allowed a ground rule double to Ketel Marte and a walk to David Peralta in the first, but nothing else. However, the Diamondbacks lost Marte for the game with left hamstring tightness.
After that, the pitching took over for a while. Both teams went down in order in the second and third innings. The Brewers added two singles in the fourth inning but couldn’t score them. In the bottom of the fifth, Daulton Varsho drew a walk and then got to third on a steal and error, but Freddy Peralta struck out two in a row to prevent him from scoring, keeping the game at 1-0.
In the sixth inning, Joe Mantiply replaced Dimaondbacks starter Zac Gallen in relief. Kolten Wong led off the inning with a single, but Wong was then caught stealing second. Daniel Vogelbach then reached on a throwing error from Josh Rojas, but Christian Yelich struck out for the second out of the inning. Stefan Crichton relieved Mantiply, but then walked Avisail Garcia walked to put a second runner on base. Omar Narvaez was up next, and on the first pitch, he singled to center field. Vogelbach ran home, but came up limping as he ran home. He managed to make it home and score as the Diamondbacks didn’t throw the ball home, putting the Brewers up 2-0. Daniel Robertson would come in to replace Vogelbach, and after the game, manager Craig Counsell said it’s a significant hamstring strain.
Craig Counsell said it’s a significant hamstring strain for Daniel Vogelbach. It’ll be an IL stint.— Sophia Minnaert (@SophiaMinnaert) June 23, 2021
The Brewers weren’t done there in the sixth, though. Willy Adames walked next to load the bases, bringing up Luis Urias. He singled to right and Reddick caught it on a bounce, though could have potentially caught it. It scored Garcia and Narvaez and moved Adames to third. Jackie Bradley Jr. was up next, but Adames was caught off base and that ended the inning, with the Brewers up 4-0.
Meanwhile, Freddy Peralta came back out for the sixth and got into a bit of trouble. He walked Josh Rojas to start the inning, and then walked David Peralta with two outs on a wild pitch that let Rojas get to third. However, Pavin Smith lined out to center to end the inning, and the Brewers maintained their 4-0 lead. Overall, in his six innings of work, Freddy Peralta allowed no runs and just one hit, though he also walked four. He also posted ten strikeouts in the start.
The Brewers would tack on one more run in the eighth inning. Yelich was up second in the inning, and hit a home run out to center field, landing right in the Diamondbacks’ pool behind the center field wall. That extended the Brewers lead to 5-0.
As for the bullpen, they ensured that Peralta’s effort would not be bested. Brad Boxberger took the seventh and struck one out in a 1-2-3 inning. Newly called up Miguel Sanchez took the eighth and made his MLB debut, and walked a batter but allowed nothing else that inning. Hunter Strickland took the ninth, and allowed a hit (the second allowed by the pitching staff all day). However, he allowed nothing else, and the pitching staff finished up a two-hit shut out for the 5-0 win.
The Brewers will have to make another roster move before tomorrow’s game, and it might be the return of Keston Hiura. It’s an afternoon game and the end of the west coast road trip, and the Brewers will be going for a series win and a winning road trip. Brandon Woodruff gets the start for the Brewers, and Caleb Smith starts for the Diamondbacks. First pitch is at 2:40 pm.