After winning the first game of the two-game series against Tampa Bay, the Brewers have completed the sweep, winning the second game 5-3. Jalen Beeks was on the mound for the Rays facing Eric Lauer for the Crew. Lauer has pitched well this season and has become a trusted arm in the starting rotation.
Milwaukee hit the first of their four total home runs in the top of the second inning when Rowdy Tellez blasted a lead-off shot to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Mike Brosseau then followed it up with a double and Victor Caratini was hit by a pitch, putting two men on and still no outs, but the next three Milwaukee batters struck out, leaving them stranded.
The Rays would answer in the bottom of the fourth when Lauer walked Randy Arozarena and then allowed a single to Harold Ramirez. Then the two completed a double steal, putting runners at second and third. Taylor Walls then hit a deep double that scored both of the runners, giving the Rays a 2-1 lead.
The Brewers would strike again in the top of the fifth, as Andrew McCutchen drew a walk, putting a man on for Luis Urias. Urias then crushed a two-run home run to deep left-center field, putting the Brewers back on top 3-2. Lauer would give up another run, however, in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Vidal Brujan drew a walk, and then Wander Franco hit an RBI double, tying the game up at three apiece.
With Calvin Faucher pitching for the Rays in the eighth, Milwaukee would retake the lead on another Tellez home run, making it his second game this week with multiple home runs. The Brewers headed to the ninth with a 4-3 lead.
Jace Peterson would add his name to the home run tally in the top of the ninth when he smashed a ball to deep right-center field, giving Josh Hader a two-run cushion for his save opportunity. Hader allowed a walk and a single early in the bottom of the ninth, but with two men on base, Hader was able to get three straight flyouts to end the game and the series. The Brewers will travel next to Pittsburgh for a four-game series beginning on Thursday. After that series, they welcome the Cubs to Am Fam Field for a rivalry series beginning on Independence Day.
Thursday’s opener against the Pirates will feature Adrian Houser taking on JT Brubaker for the Pirates. The first pitch is at 6:05 CDT on Bally Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ.