Milwaukee had lost their last eight games going into Sunday’s matchup against the Nationals, and was finally able to break the streak, winning their first game in nine days. The rest of the NL Central has also been struggling mightily during this time too, keeping the Brewers close to the Cardinals in the standings.
Jason Alexander got the start for the Crew, and showed again why he is in the conversation to be added to the rotation, or at least as a long reliever in the bullpen. Regardless of where he pitches going forward, he has proven through three appearances that he has what it takes to pitch in the major leagues. Paolo Espino was on the mound for the Nationals and has also shown flashes this season, posting a 2.03 ERA through twenty appearances.
The Brewers were able to take the lead early, scoring on an RBI double from Willy Adames in the top of the third inning to put Milwaukee up 1-0. Espino was pulled halfway through the fourth inning and replaced by Evan Lee.
In the top of the fifth, Adames would add to offensive output with a two-run home run that propelled the Brewers to a 3-0 advantage. Since Adames has returned from injury, he has provided a spark that the offense has needed.
Washington would get a run back in the bottom of the fifth on a sac fly, the only run Alexander allowed on the day. He pitched 4.2 innings before being replaced by Hoby Milner.
Milner would pitch until the seventh when Counsell elected to bring in Brad Boxberger as part of his Boxberger-Williams-Hader lineup to close out games. Boxberger and Williams pitched a clean seventh and eighth, respectively, setting the table for Hader’s 19th save of the season.
Milwaukee would add more insurance in the top of the ninth when Andrew McCutchen hit a no-doubt solo home run to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead. Hader would then come in for the save, striking out the side to give the Brewers their first win since June 2nd.
The Brewers will head to New York to take on the Mets in a three-game series beginning Tuesday before traveling to Cincinnati for another three-game series with the Reds. Adrian Houser is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Mets, facing off against Chris Bassitt.
The first pitch will be at 6:10 CDT on Bally Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ.