The Milwaukee Brewers took on the Philadelphia Phillies in the rubber match of a 3-game series this evening. As has been the case in most series this season, the Brewers took the series and got the win tonight, 4-3.
The Phillies did strike first when Bryce Harper hit a solo shot just over the right field wall. The Brewers immediately answered in the bottom half of the inning. Kolten Wong and Eduardo Escobar both got on base to start the inning via single and walk respectively. After a Christian Yelich strike out, Omar Narvaez doubled in Wong. The double allowed Escobar to get to third. Luis Urias induced a walk to load the bases, and Daniel Vogelbach collected another walk that allowed Escobar to score. Just like that the Brewers were up 2-1.
Milwaukee added another run in the bottom of the second. Starting pitcher, Freddy Peralta, opened the inning with a single and ended up on third base when Kolten Wong doubled. Peralta would later score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Christian Yelich.
Speaking of Freddy Peralta, this was his second start after coming off the injured list. In his first start he was hit around a bit and did not last long. He was not hit around as much, but he did not last long tonight. Over 3.2 IP, he gave up just 1 ER while striking out 4.
The Phillies did score 3 runs against Peralta, but 2 were unearned. Those runs came up in the top of third. With Travis Janokowski on first, Phillies starting pitcher, Kyle Gibson laid down a bunt trying to move the runner on first over. Omar Narvaez fielded the ball and threw a strike to shortstop, Luis Urias, who dropped the ball. He was charged with the error. Both Janokowski and Gibson later scored.
The Brewers took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Eduardo Escobar came to the plate and hit a bomb into the second deck of American Family Field.
The Brewers bullpen came in and such down the Phillies offense. Brent Suter finished the fourth out for Peralta. Aaron Ashby came in a threw 2 scoreless innings as he continues to impress. Brad Boxberger came back to form as he threw a scoreless seventh. Devin Williams did his thing in the eighth, and Josh Hader got the save as he took the ninth. The save was his 30th of the year, and he can thank Luis Urias for the diving grab of a line drive off the bat of Andrew McCutchen to end the game.
Milwaukee gets the day off tomorrow, but returns to action on Friday as they travel to Cleveland. Adrian Houser is set to get the start for the Brew Crew. Cleveland sends out TBD. Start time is scheduled for 6:10 CT. Look for the game on Bally Sports Wisconsin. Listen on WTMJ 620 and the Brewers Radio Network.