Brewers Fend Off Rally, Beat Twins

Brewers 6, Twins 5

The Brewers took advantage of the Twins’ mistakes, and then held on to get their sixth win of the season. Scooter Gennett went 2-5 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored while Ryan Braun went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Wily Peralta had a better game, giving up 2 runs in 5+ innings even though the Twins loaded the bases with nobody out in each of the first two innings. Jeremy Jeffress pitched a perfect ninth to pick up the save.

The Twins and Brewers faced off in the second game of their annual Border Battle. The rains stopped just in time to get the game started. Ervin Santana of the Twins went up against Peralta of the Brewers. Peralta is trying to turn his season around after starting with three rough appearances so far.

Colin Walsh got his first Major League hit with a double high off the wall in right field to lead off the game. Gennett followed that with a hustle double. Braun singled to left to drive in Walsh and put runners on the corners with nobody out. Jonathan Lucroy hit into a fielder’s choice and there were still runners at the corners with one out. Chris Carter hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Gennett. The Brewers took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the first.

Eduardo Nunez led off the game for the Twins with a double to left field. Brian Dozier lined a single to left on a hanging slider. Peralta got ahead of Joe Mauer 1-2, but ended up walking him to load the bases with nobody out. Miguel Sano grounded to third where Walsh stepped on the bag and threw to first for a double play. The Brewers were happy to trade a run for two outs. Peralta got out of the inning with a strikeout of Oswaldo Arcia. The Brewers led 2-1 after one inning.

Byung Ho Park led off the second with a single through the shift and Peralta walked Eduardo Escobar to put two runners on with nobody out. John Ryan Murphy singled up the middle to once again load the bases with nobody out. Byron Buxton grounded to third and Walsh got the out at home. Nunez grounded out to short, but he drove in the tying run. Peralta walked Dozier to load the bases with two outs. Peralta got Mauer to ground out to second to limit the damage to just one run and the game was tied at 2 after two innings.

Gennett reached on a two-base error when Sano misplayed a ball in right field. Braun walked to put runners on first and second with one out. Lucroy hit a double down the left field line to drive in Gennett and put runners on second and third with one out. Carter hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Braun. Lucroy advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. The Brewers took a 5-2 lead going to the bottom of the fifth.

Peralta had retired 10 straight, but was lifted after giving up a single and a walk to start the sixth inning. Michael Blazek came it to relieve Peralta. Blazek started by striking out Park for the first out of the inning. He induced a fly ball to center and a ground out to third to end the inning and the Brewers led 5-2 after six innings.

That score held up until the bottom of the eighth. Park hit a one-out home run off of Tyler Thornburg to cut the lead to 5-3. After a single by Escobar, pinch hitter Eddie Rosario hit a game-tying two-run home run to center field. Thornburg settled down and got the last two batters to fly out, but the Twins had tied the game up at 5 going to the ninth.

Yadiel Rivera, who had come in to play third base for Walsh, hit a one-out double and advanced to third on an error by Buxton. Gennett drove him in with a single to left. Braun grounded into a double play, but not before the Brewers grabbed the lead.

Jeffress came in and set the Twins down in order to notch his fifth save of the season. The Brewers won their sixth game of April, which surpassed last April’s total of five wins, and earned a split of the Minnesota half of the Border Battle.

Record

Games Series
Record for the Week 1-1 0-0
Record for the Month 6-8 1-3
Record for the Year 6-8 1-3

Sausage Race Wins

Sausage Wins
Bratwurst 1
Italian 0
Polish 1
Hot Dog 2
Chorizo 2

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