It is always good to win series, and the Brewers did just that with their win this afternoon against the Washington Nationals, 7-3. Adrian Houser, fresh off the injured list, got the start. While he did not last long, he was effective. Over 3.1 IP, Houser gave up just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 3. Aaron Ashby was the other highlight this afternoon in the pitching department. In the 2 innings he pitched, he gave up nothing while striking out 4. He did get into a bases loaded jam in the fourth, but battled his way out of it with some filthy breaking stuff.
The Brewers were on base all afternoon. In fact, Brewers’ hitters were able to induce 10 walks and 2 hitters hit by pitch from Nationals’ pitchers. Couple that with 9 hits, and Washington really did not have a chance in this one.
Kolten Wong got it going right off the bat in the bottom of the first with a lead off solo shot.
That would not be the end of the scoring in this one for Milwaukee. Wong was responsible for the next 2 runs as well that he plated in the bottom of the fourth. After back-to-back walks to Manny Pina and Jackie Bradley Jr., Wong tripled down the right field line to take the lead.
It was a lead the Brewers would not relinquish. In the bottom of the sixth, the Brewers scored those 2 runs without getting a hit. Manny Pina was hit by a pitch. After a Rowdy Tellez strike out, Kolten Wong and Willy Adames induced walks. Suddenly the bases were loaded for Christian Yelich. Yelich hit a ground ball to Josh Bell at first base who stepped on first base for the force. In an attempt to throw Manny Pina out at home, Bell over shot his catcher. Not only did Pina score, but so did Wong.
The last of the 7 runs scored by Milwaukee came in the bottom of the seventh. Luis Urias led the inning off with a walk. Lorenzo Cain followed with a bomb over the left-centerfield wall for his fifth of the season and a 7-1 Brewers lead.
Washington would score 2 in the top of the ninth, but after the seventh the game was never really in doubt. Now the Brew Crew get the day off tomorrow as they await the Cincinnati Reds coming to town. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 7:10 CT. Corbin Burnes will face off against Tyler Mahle. The game can be see on Bally Sports Wisconsin. It can be heard on WTMJ 620 and the Brewers Radio Network.