Brewers Down Early, Rally Falls Short

Marlins 7, Brewers 5

The Marlins scored on the first pitch of the game, and they scored in each of the first six innings. The Brewers answered with a run in the first and a two-out, four-run rally in the seventh, but could not complete the comeback. The Marlins extended their winning streak to seven games while the Brewers’ losing streak is now at four.

The Brewers narrowly escaped being no-hit against the Marlins on Friday and were looking to snap a 3-game losing streak. The Marlins have been rolling and came into the game with a 6-game winning streak, all on the road. Wei-Yin Chen started for the Marlins against Chase Anderson of the Brewers.

Derek Dietrich, filling in for the suspended Dee Gordon, hit the first pitch of the game for a home run to right field. Giancarlo Stanton drew a two-out walk and Justin Bour singled through the shift and into right field. A walk to Marcell Ozuna loaded the bases. J.T. Realmuto grounded into a force out to third base and the Marlins had to settle for a 1-0 lead.

Domingo Santana almost matched Dietrich’s feat, smashing a line drive off the top of the wall in left-center field. Villar bunted Santana over to third with one out. Ryan Braun drove in Santana with a ground out to second to tie the game. Jonathan Lucroy grounded out to shortstop to end the inning, but the Brewers had tied the game at 1 after one inning.

Adeiny Hechavarria led off the second inning with a home run to left-center field. Dietrich drew a one-out walk and Martin Prado hit a single up the middle as Anderson was in trouble again. Christian Yelich drew a walk and the bases were loaded with just one out and Stanton coming to the plate. Anderson struck out Stanton and got Bour to fly out to right to strand the bases loaded. Once again, the Marlins had to settle for one run and a 2-1 lead.

Ozuna led off the third with a single and scored on a double by Realmuto. After a ground out, Chen hit a ball to short that Villar mishandled and Chen was credited with his first Major League hit. Dietrich drove in Realmuto with a ground out to second. A fly out to right ended the inning, but not before the Marlins extended their lead to 4-1.

Stanton hit a monstrous shot to left-center field with one out in the fourth inning. Anderson got the next two batters, but the damage was done and the Marlins led 5-1.

Realmuto led off the fifth with an infield single, to make it four of the first five leadoff hitters getting on for the Marlins. Hechavarria hit a single to right and Chen bunted the runners over to second and third. Craig Counsell was forced to bring in Chris Capuano.

Capuano struck out Dietrich before intentionally walking Prado to bring up a lefty in Yelich. Yelich walked to bring in a run and Stanton coming to the base. Stanton smashed a one-hopper to short and the damage was limited to just one run and a 6-1 Marlin lead.

Ozuna hit a one-out home run in the sixth inning. Hechavarria got his third hit of the day with a two-out single to right. Capuano got out of the inning and the Marlins had a 7-1 lead.

Michael Blazek came in to pitch in the seventh inning and worked around a two-out double to keep the Marlins off the board for the first time in this game.

Lucroy led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right for the Brewers first base runner since the fourth inning. Chris Carter struck out and pinch hitter flew out to left-center field. Aaron Hill hit a double to left to put runners on second and third with two outs.

Don Mattingly brought in Craig Breslow to pitch and Ramon Flores blooped on into left field to drive in both runners. Hernan Perez followed that up with a two-out, two-run home run to dead center field. That prompted Mattingly to bring in Bryan Morris to face Santana, and he got Santana on strikes to end the inning. The Brewers had cut the lead to 7-5 with that two-out, 4-run rally.

Lucroy hit a two-out triple in the eighth inning. Unfortunately, Carter struck out looking and the Brewers were down 7-5 going into the ninth inning.

Mattingly went with David Phelps to close out the game, as A.J. Ramos had been used in five of the last six games. Phelps set the Brewers down in order to preserve a 7-5 win for the Marlins.

Winner of the Sausage Race: Polish Sausage


Games Series
Record for the Week 0-4 0-2
Record for the Month 8-15 1-6-1
Record for the Year 8-15 1-6-1

Sausage Race Wins

Sausage Wins
Bratwurst 2
Italian 1
Polish 3
Hot Dog 3
Chorizo 4

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