After winning their first game of the two-game set against the Twins, the Brewers fell in the second, leaving a plethora of men on base. Aaron Ashby got the start against Joe Ryan for the Twins. Ashby has pitched well so far this season and has proved to be a reliable arm that Counsell can count on in his starting rotation.
The Twins struck first, scoring in the top of the second, as Gilberto Celestino hit an RBI single to score Ryan Jeffers. Ashby was then able to get Buxton to ground into a fielder’s choice, ending the inning with no further damage.
The Brewers answered right back in the top of the third, as Jace Peterson smashed a solo home run to center field, tying the game at one.
The Brewers only managed to get four hits in the contest, and the score remained even deep into the ball game, with both pitching staffs dealing in the middle innings. Several strong defensive plays from both sides, including another wall-banging catch by Jonathan Davis and a diving touch of second base by Kolten Wong kept the game tied until the ninth.
After the Brewers spoiled opportunities in the latter innings, Craig Counsell elected to go with Josh Hader for the last frame. He allowed a walk to Gregory Polanco and Max Kepler followed him up with a single. Jose Miranda smashed a three-run walk-off home run to left to end the game and the series.
Milwaukee will now head to San Francisco for a four-game series against the Giants, their last series before the All-Star break. Thursday’s opener against the Giants features two All Stars, as Corbin Burnes takes on Carlos Rodon. The first pitch is at 8:45 CDT on Bally Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ.