Houston Astros at Milwaukee Brewers
Astros 4, Brewers 6
The Astros and the Brewers had familiar faces on both sides of the field. Former Brewers Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers return to Miller Park as members of the Astros. The Brewers countered with former Astros Chris Carter, Jonathan Villar, and Domingo Santana.
Scooter Gennett hit a monster home run with one out to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Ryan Braun walked and Jonathan Lucroy reached on an infield single, but Braun was thrown out trying to steal third. Carter then hit a home run to center field to give the Brewers their first multi-run inning of the season and a 3-0 lead.
Gomez led off the second inning with a strikeout. Tyler White followed that up with a double off the wall in left field. Jason Castro hit a ground ball out to second to advance White to third with two outs. Jake Marisnick drove the ball to deep center field, but Keon Broxton was able to track it down at the wall.
Villar led off the Brewers’ half of the second with a single to left. Anderson was not able to get a bunt down and struck out. Castro gunned down Villar on a hit and run attempt with a perfect throw to second. Altuve just had to catch the ball and Villar’s hand slid right into the glove. Broxton walked, then he stole second on the Brewers’ third attempt at a stolen base. Santana drove him in with a double to left field. Gennett popped out to Carlos Correa to end the inning with a 4-0 lead.
Anderson struck out Scott Feldman and George Springer in a 1-2-3 third inning. The Brewers also went down in order as the score remained 4-0 after three innings.
Gomez hit a two-out double to left field, but he was picked off of second base and was eventually retired in a rundown to end the inning. Feldman was able to get out of the inning unscathed.
Carlos Torres came in to pitch in the sixth inning for the Brewers. Anderson threw 5 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and a walk while striking out 5 on just 85 pitches. Torres worked around a two-out double to keep the Astros off the board. It was still 4-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth.
Carter hit a one-out double. Aaron Hill hit one to shallow left-center field, but Gomez was able to dive and make the catch. Villar was caught looking and the score was still 4-0 at the end of the sixth.
Tyler Thornburg came in to pitch in the eighth inning. Torres gave up just one hit in two innings and struck out one. Thornburg struck out two in a scoreless inning.
Gennett led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk. Braun crushed a home run to right center field to give the Brewers a 6-0 lead.
Sam Freeman made his Brewer debut in the ninth inning with a six-run lead. Tyler White cut the lead in half with a 3-run home run to right field. Freeman walked the next batter and Craig Counsell opted to have Jeremy Jeffress close out the game.
Preston Tucker hit a double past Broxton in left-center field to drive in another run to make it 6-4 with only one out. Jeffress walked Colby Rasmus to bring the lead run to the plate. Altuve hit one to second and Gennett went threw to Villar for a force out. The umpire ruled that Rasmus did not maintain contact with second base and called it a double play to end the game. This was the second game that ended with an application of the Chase Utley Rule.
This is the first winning streak of the season for the Brewers. As meager as a two-game winning streak seems, the Brewers did not achieve that last season until they won three in a row from May 2-4.
Winner of the Sausage Race: Chorizo
Astros 6, Brewers 4
Wily Peralta got into trouble early by giving up 2 hits and a walk to load the bases with nobody out. He was able to get out of the inning giving up just two sacrifice flies and a popup. The Brewers went down 1-2-3 to end the first down 2-0.
Peralta gave up two singles to open the inning, but got out of it on a fielder’s choice and a double play. Doug Fister worked around a leadoff walk to Lucroy to keep the Brewers off the board and the score remained at 2-0 Astros.
Colby Rasmus hit a hanging slider for a two-out home run with to give the Astros a 3-0 lead. Peralta struck out Gomez for the third out.
Villar singled and Santana walked with one out. Gennett singled to right, which started an odd play. Villar was held up at third, but Santana did not see it and kept running. The Astros cut the ball off and were able to get Santana out trying to return to second and Villar scored on the throw, leaving a runner on first with Braun coming up and two outs. Fister got Braun to chase a breaking ball to end the inning with the Brewers down 3-1.
Peralta got through the fourth inning giving up just a walk. Lucroy led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to left-center field, but Carter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out and Hill grounded out. The Astros still led 3-1.
George Springer led off the fifth with a walk, stole second, and went to third on Lucroy’s wild throw. Villar made an exceptional play with the infield drawn in to get an out and held Springer at third. Rasmus hit a 3-0 changeup into the upper deck in right field to give the Astros a 5-1 lead. White followed that up with a home run to center.
Craig Counsell made a double switch, putting Yadiel Rivera at third base batting in the 8 slot and Blaine Boyer came in to pitch and bat in the 7 slot. This was Rivera’s first appearance of the season, leaving only Martin Maldonado without any playing time. Boyer was able to get the next two batters out to end the inning.
Rivera led off the fifth inning with his first career double on his first at-bat of the season. Villar grounded out to second to move Rivera over to third with one out. Santana grounded out to short to drive in Rivera. Gennett hit the next pitch out to right field for his third home run of the season and cut the Astros’ lead to 6-3.
Boyer got three ground outs to the left side of the infield for a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Pat Neshek came in to pitch for the Astros. Nieuwenhuis hit a 2-2 fastball over the fence in right field to bring the score to 6-4. Neshek struck out pinch hitter Ramon Flores to end the sixth inning.
Tyler Cravy came on to pitch in the seventh and Nieuwenhuis made a great catch in center field to end a 1-2-3 inning. Will Harris came in to pitch for the Astros in the bottom of the seventh. He worked around a single to Villar to keep the score at 6-4.
Capuano stayed in to pitch in the ninth. After giving up a one-out single, he gave way to Michael Blazek who induced Altuve to hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Brewers faced Luke Gregerson in the bottom of the ninth down by two. Rivera smashed a two-out single past Correa. Then Villar, after being down 0-2, worked a walk. Unfortunately, Santana grounded out to short to end the game.
Winner of the Sausage Race: Polish
Astros 2, Brewers 3
Altuve hit the first pitch of the game from Nelson into the upper deck in left field for a quick 1-0 lead. Springer singled to right but was caught stealing by Martin Maldonado, who made his first appearance of the season. Nelson got the next two batters to limit the damage.
The Brewers faced 2015 Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel to start the game. Santana drew a walk to lead off the inning. Villar worked a full count before looking at strike three. Braun drew a walk to put runners on first and second with one out. Carter drew the third walk of the inning to load the bases. Hill hit a single just in front of Springer in right field to drive in 2 runs. Maldonado ran the count to 3-2 before drawing the fourth walk of the inning. Keuchel got Rivera to chase a pitch out of the zone for the second out and struck out Nelson to end the inning with the Brewers leading 2-1.
Nelson worked around a leadoff walk with a couple of strikeouts and a ground out to first to maintain the 2-1 lead. Keuchel came back from a rough inning to throw a 1-2-3 second inning.
Altuve drew a one-out walk and stole second with Springer batting. Maldonado threw behind Altuve and picked him off for the second out. Nelson struck out Springer on a 3-2 count to end the Astros’ third inning.
Carter hit a one-out double just over the third base bag, but Keuchel managed to get out of the inning unscathed.
Correa drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, but he was picked off by Nelson. Nelson got the next two hitters to bring up the Brewers with a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
Rivera stayed hot with a leadoff double down the third base line. Nelson squared around to bunt, but swung away. He hit it to third base, but nobody was covering first, allowing Nelson to reach. Santana hit a drive to the wall in right-center field for an RBI double. Keuchel settled down and limited the damage to just one run and the Brewers had a 3-1 lead going into the fifth.
Preston Tucker led off the fifth inning with a home run to the left field bullpen to bring the Astros to within 3-2. Nelson retired the next three batters to end the top of the fifth.
The Brewers managed to get two runners on with one out, but the Astros fielded Nelson’s bunt and threw to third. Maldonado was not able to stay on the base and it was ruled a double play based on the new slide rule and the inning was over with the Brewers still leading 3-2.
Nelson shut down the Astros in a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Keuchel was taken out of the game in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on and two outs. Neshek came in to face Braun, who greeted him with a 399 foot drive to the track for the third out.
Nelson gave up a leadoff walk to Rasmus and gave way to Thornburg. A wild pitch allowed Rasmus to take second base with nobody out. Thornburg stranded Rasmus at second with a popup and a pair of strikeouts.
Josh Fields came in to pitch in the seventh inning and shut the Brewers down 1-2-3. Blazek came in and after a one-out walk, he throws a potential double play ball into center field, putting runners at second and third with one out. Blazek got out of the inning with a short fly ball to center and a strikeout, preserving the 3-2 lead. Will Harris started the ninth inning for the Astros and got a 1-2-3 inning thanks to a double play.
Jeffress came in to get the save. He started the inning by striking out Rasmus. That brought up White, whose average dropped all the way down to .588 by going 0-2 so far in this game. White grounded the ball up the middle, but Rivera was there to make the play. The game ended when Tucker hit a rocket right into Jefress’ glove, giving the Brewers a 3-2 win.
Winner of the Sausage Race: Hot Dog
Will Smith was reported to have started jogging. That is big news, as it may mean that he can avoid season-ending surgery and possibly pitch again this season.
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