Brewer Bullpen Falters, Brewers Lose 7-3

Angels 7, Brewers 3

The Brewer bullpen faltered and took their first loss of the year. They had a 3-2 lead going into the eight inning, but Tyler Thornburg gave up 4 runs and David Goforth gave up another one in the ninth. Hernan Perez hit his second home run of the season and was one of three Brewers with 2 hits in the game.

The Brewers entered the series finale with a season-high three game winning streak and were seeking their first sweep of the season. Zach Davies is looking for his first decent start of the season. He goes up against Hector Santiago, who is 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA this season.

Albert Pujols led off the second inning with a walk. Kole Calhoun hit a single just out of the reach of second baseman Aaron Hill. Davies got out of the inning with a fly ball to right, a strikeout, and a ground ball to shortstop and the game remained scoreless heading into the bottom of the second.

Perez hit a one-out solo home run to right field to give the Brewers the lead. Ramon Flores followed that up with a walk with Davies coming to bat. Davies executed a perfect sacrifice bunt down the first base line to move Flores to second with two outs. Villar was called out on strikes, and the Brewers led 1-0 after two innings of play.

Johnny Giavotella led of the third with a double down the left field line. Yunel Escobar moved Giavotella over to third with a bunt, and the Angels had a runner at third with less than two outs. Rafael Ortega drove him in with a single off the glove of Jonathan Villar.

Ortega stole second and was in scoring position for Mike Trout. Trout tripled over Flores’ head and the Angels took the lead. Pujols drew a walk and the Angels had runners on the corners with one out. Calhoun flew out to left field, as Braun was able to track it down, and both runners had to hold. Andrelton Simmons grounded out to second and Davies limited the damage. The Angels did take the lead, though, at 2-1.

Villar led off the bottom of the fifth with a line drive single to left-center field. Villar aggressively took third base on a single to left by Alex Presley. Braun reached on an infield single and Villar scored to tie the game at 2. Jonathan Lucroy popped out to third base and Chris Carter grounded into a double play, but the Brewers ended the fifth in a 2-2 tie.

Perez hit a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth. Flores dumped a single into right that moved Perez to third and the Brewers had runners at the corners with one out. Colin Walsh, hitting for Davies, drew a walk to load the bases.

The walk prompted the Angels to bring in Cam Bedrosian to come in to face Villar. It was a good move, as Bedrosian struck him out for the second out. A wild pitch to Presley got just far enough away from Geovany Soto to allow Perez to score the go-ahead run. Presley grounded out to short to end the inning, but not before the Brewers took a 3-2 lead.

Carlos Torres replaced Davies on the mound. Davies earned his first quality start of the year, going 6 innings and giving up just 2 runs. Torres worked around a two-out single and the Brewers maintained their 3-2 lead at the seventh inning stretch.

Thornburg came in to face the heart of the order in the eighth inning. Trout greeted him with a home run to right on an 0-2 curve ball to tie the game. After Pujols struck out looking, Calhoun scorched a single to center. Simmons grounded into a force out for the second out. Soto drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to bring up C.J. Cron, who was hitting for the pitcher. Cron hit a double to left to drive in a run to give the Angles the lead.

Blaine Boyer replaced Thornburg to try to get out of the inning with no further damage. Giavotella drove in two runs with a single. He was cut down trying to stretch it out to a double, but the Angels scored 4 in the inning to take a 6-3 lead.

Goforth came in to try to hold the Angels in the ninth. Escobar singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a ground out. Goforth intentionally walked Trout as first base was empty. Pujols thought he hit one out, but it was caught on the warning track for the second out. Calhoun singled to drive in Escobar and move Trout to third. Simmons grounded out to end the inning, but the Angels extended their lead to 7-3.

The Brewers went down quietly in the ninth as the Angels took the series finale. It was the first loss for the Brewer bullpen, which came into the game with a 3-0 record. The Brewers failed to get their first series sweep, but they did take 2 of 3 from the Angels, and have won 3 of their last 4.

Winner of the Sausage Race: Chorizo

Injury/Roster News

Domingo Santana was scratched from the lineup again due to shoulder tightness.

Record

Games Series
Record for the Week 2-1 0-0
Record for the Month 3-1 0-0
Record for the Year 11-16 2-6-1

Sausage Race Wins

Sausage Wins
Bratwurst 3
Italian 1
Polish 5
Hot Dog 3
Chorizo 5

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