The Milwaukee Brewers looked largely hapless against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, but the tables turned on Tuesday as the two teams squared off for the second game of the series. Eric Lauer got the start against Aaron Nola, and the home team offense jumped on the two-time All-Star and broke it open against the relievers who followed him.
The game was scoreless into the bottom of the third inning when LoCain got things started. He led off the frame with a single, although it was followed by him getting picked off and thrown out on the base paths. Still, Lauer followed with a single, then Kolten Wong doubled to put the runners on second and third. Eduardo Escobar’s ground rule double made it a 2-0 game, then a single by Christian Yelich brought that runner home to push the score to 3-0.
Nola was lifted at the start of the sixth inning, and the Brewers began to break the game open. This rally started with two outs, on what should have been the final out of a 1-2-3 inning. Luis Urias punched out, but the pitch got away, allowing him to reach first base. He was followed by a Rowdy Tellez single, putting runners on the corners. Lorenzo Cain walked to load the bases, then Lauer helped his own cause by drawing a free pass of his own to force in a run. Kolten Wong came up next and singled to drive home two more, and at the end of the inning it was a 6-0 ballgame.
The Brewers added two more in the seventh when Yelich led off with a single, then came around to score on Avisail Garcia’s 25th home run of the year. Escobar and Yelich each added RBI in the eighth inning as well, pushing Milwaukee’s tally to 10 runs. The Phillies were stifled all evening long by Lauer, who navigated through 7.0 scoreless innings. He allowed just four hits, walked one, and punched out five on 92 pitches. Hunter Strickland and Miguel Sanchez chipped in a scoreless inning apiece to close out this one, a 10-0 victory for the Cream City Nine.
These two clubs will meet each other again on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:40 PM at American Family Field. Freddy Peralta is set to toe the rubber against Kyle Gibson.