The Milwaukee Brewers won their first series against someone other than the Pittsburgh Pirates since May after taking two of three against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park.
Manny Pina got the Brewers offense going in the second inning. Jesus Aguilar reached base on an error, then Pina blasted a two-run home run to left field. Of Pina’s 15 hits this season, five of them are home runs.
With one out in the fifth inning, Christian Yelich hit a solo dinger extending the Crew’s lead. It was his 34th home run of the season and came a day after hitting his first grand slam of the season. In 2018 during Yelich’s MVP campaign, he hit his 34th home run on September 28th (game 160).
Yelich struck out his first two at bats and was asked what he did different his third time up. “I finally didn’t swing over the sinker. He’s got a good one,” Yelich said. “It’s a tough lefty-lefty at-bat just because of that. I was just trying to find a way to get that ball in the air, get it off of you a little bit, and kind of finally got one and was able to not miss it.”
After Yelich’s home run, Ryan Braun hit a triple to right field. Then, the rookie phenom Keston Hiura doubled which scored Braun.
Pina then added another RBI to his line with a single that scored Hiura putting the Brewers up 5-0.
Chase Anderson was outstanding through 5 2/3 innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Milwaukee’s starters entered today’s game with a 2.77 ERA over their last 16 games, which ranked third in the Major Leagues.
Junior Guerra and Josh Hader made the game interesting, with each giving up two runs. Luckily, Hader was able to strike out Ozzie Albies with two Braves runners on base to end the game.
With all the questions surrounding pitching and what the Brewers should do at the trade deadline, the starters have stepped up. With the announcement of Gio Gonzalez’s return to the rotation on Saturday, the expectation should be the staff will get stronger. Adrian Houser will return to the bullpen where he’s been great this season.
The Brewers (50-47) will play a four-game series on the road beginning tomorrow against the Arizona Diamondbacks (48-47). Zach Davies (7-2, 2.89 ERA) will get the start in game one, going against Merrill Kelly (7-9, 3.93 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 8:40pm (CT).