Sep 11, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is carted off the field after getting hit by a pitch in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Fresh off their second September win, snapping a four-game losing streak, the Milwaukee Brewers sent their hottest pitcher to the mound in the final game of their four-game series with the Miami Marlins.
The Brewers took a 4-2 win from the fish, and all kinds of weirdness happened. I am not a good enough writer to adequately explain this game in a simple paragraph, so read the rest of this recap and figure it out for yourself.
The Brewers opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when Ryan Braun launched a lead-off home run (19) well over the fence to the opposite field to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
The Brewers added on in the third. Carlos Gomez ripped a one-out double down the left-field line. After a Scooter Gennett ground out, Jonathan Lucroy walked ahead of a ground rule double to left-center by Aramis Ramirez.
Had it not bounced over the fence, Ramirez double would likely have scored both Gomez and Lucroy instead of just Gomez. A Braun ground out ended the inning with the Brewers on top 2-0.
The Marlins threatened in the top of the fourth, putting runners on second and third with nobody out on a Donovan Solano walk and Giancarlo Stanton double, but Fiers struck out Casey McGehee and Marcell Ozuna back-to-back to bring up Garrett Jones.
Jones worked a six-pitch walk to load the bases for Adeiny Hechavarria. Fiers struck him out to, to strike out the side and keep the Brewers up 2-0.
Matt Clark unloaded on a 2-1 pitch with one-out in the bottom half of the frame for his second major league homerun, and a 3-0 Milwaukee lead. They weren’t content with one run this time though.
Segura followed the home run with a single to right, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Fiers. Gomez walked to put two on for Gennett, who singled to center, bringing in Segura and making it 4-0.
Sep 11, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers (50) is restrained by first base umpire D.J. Reyburn after benches cleared in the fifth inning during the game against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The Marlins threatened again in the fifth. Jeff Mathis led off with a walk before pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin knocked an infield hit to short to put two on with nobody out for the second straight inning.
Christian Yelich flew out to left for the first out and Solano grounded up the middle and Segura made a mad dash to second base to get Valdespin. It looked like the Marlins may challenge the play, but they didn’t.
Fiers hit Stanton in the face with the next pitch, knocking the front-runner for the National League Most Valuable Player Awards out of the game, and possibly sending him to the disabled list.
After a delay of around 15 minutes the inning resumed with Reed Johnson filling in for Stanton. They said that Stanton went around on the pitch so it wasn’t a hit-by-pitch. Fiers first pitch to Johnson was up and in, and hit him on the hand and the benches cleared after some words from the dugout by McGehee.
Fiers was clearly upset, and pulled far from the fracas. McGehee and Marlins manager Mike Redmond were both ejected. The pitch to Johnson was ruled a swing, and a strike out to end the inning.
The Marlins came back on the field, and Garrett Jones gave home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg a shove. Fiers was noticeably shaken up by hitting Stanton and should not have been left in to pitch to Johnson.
Johnson stayed in the game at right, and Ed Lucas came in for Casey McGehee at third. Anthony DeSclafani came in to pitch for the Marlins, after Eovaldi was pinch-hit for last inning and he set down Ramirez and Braun before a Gerardo Parra single. Clark struck out to end the inning.
Fiers didn’t return to the hill for the sixth. He went five scoreless innings, allowing no runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out eight Marlins. Jeremy Jeffress came out to pitch for the Crew and set the Marlins down in order.
DeSclafani returned to the mound for the bottom of the sixth. With two outs in the inning DeSclafani hit Gomez with a pitch after both benches had been warned, and he was ejected from the game.
Dan Jennings came in for DeSclafani. Marlins acting manager and bench coach (after the Redmond ejection), Rob Leary, was ejected on the play as well. Jennings struck out Gennett to end the inning.
Brandon Kintzler came on to pitch the seventh for the Brewers. He quickly set down Hechavarria and Mathis on ground outs. Justin Bour pinch hit for Jennings and drew a walk on six pitches. That was it for Kintzler and Will Smith came in to face Yelich and struck him out to end the inning.
Sam Dyson came on to toss the bottom of the seventh for the Marlins and Lucroy reached to lead off the inning on an error at short by Hechavarria. It was a routine grounder a few steps to his left, and he just muffed it.
But Dyson struck out Ramirez for the first out and Braun grounded into an inning-ending double play to send it to the eighth.
Smith returned to the hill for the eighth inning for the Crew, with Mark Reynolds talking over at third base. Solano led off with a grounder back to the mound and Clark dropped the throw at first to put Solano on.
It was a good throw by Smith, Clark just dropped it. Johnson followed with a ground out to third. Reynolds got the lead out, Solano, at second for the first out of the inning. Lucas followed with a pop out to second.
Marcell Ozuna followed with his fourth home run (23) in four games in this series against the Brewers to make it 4-2 Brewers. Smith struck out Jones to end the inning.
Mike Dunn came on for the Marlins in the bottom of the eighth. He got Parra swinging to start the inning, and Rickie Weeks came in to pinch hit for Clark. Weeks struck out as well. He struck out Segura to complete the trifecta.
Francisco Rodriguez came on to pitch the ninth for the Crew and work on his 41st save. Hechavarria grounded out to a spinning Segura for the first out of the inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia flew out to center for the second out. Jeff Baker pinch hit for Dunn and struck out swinging to end the game.
Fiers picked up the win for Milwaukee, despite his short start, and Eovaldi took the loss for the Marlins.
The Brewers will play host to the Cincinnati Reds for three games this weekend.