Every Milwaukee Brewers position player collected at least one hit as the Brewers racked up a season high 16 hits in their 8-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday night. The Brewers took the first two games for the third straight series after taking the first two from the Pirates and Twins over the past week.
Aramis Ramirez was the offensive star of the night for the Crew. With runners on the corners and two out in the 1st inning, Ramirez ripped a double to center, scoring both runners. With Ryan Braun on first base in the 3rd inning, Ramirez again doubled to center field, scoring Braun. He wasn’t done yet. After Jonathan Lucroy singled in a pair in the 4th inning, Ramirez came up with the bases loaded. He ripped his third double of the evening and knocked in his 4th and 5th runs of the game.
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Gerardo Parra and Adam Lind joined Ramirez with three hits apiece. Parra finished 3-4 with a walk and a double of his own, 1 of 6 Brewers doubles on the evening. Parra and Braun also chipped in with two runs scored apiece. A night after being called back up to the Brewers and coming up with the game winning hit in the 8th inning, Scooter Gennett finished 2-4 with a double and a run scored, as he looks to regain his starting position at 2nd base.
Mike Fiers pitched 7 innings while allowing 3 earned runs, for the 5th straight quality start by Brewers starting pitching. He scattered 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 8. The 7 innings pitched is the longest outing of the season for Fiers as he improves to 3-6 on the season.
Bryce Harper got Fiers twice for run scoring hits in the game. In the 2nd inning, Harper launched a home run to right field, his 21st of the season; he is just one behind Giancarlo Stanton for the MLB lead. In the 4th inning, Harper had an RBI single to right field, scoring Anthony Rendon. Tyler Moore hit his 4th home run of the season into the left field bleachers, in the 7th inning, for the third run off of Fiers.
Corey Knebel relieved Fiers and pitched the 8th inning, surrendering a Wilson Ramos double which knocked in Harper to cut the lead to 8-4. Jonathan Broxton pitched the 9th in a non-save situation and retired the side in order while recording two strikeouts. Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann suffered the loss for the Nationals, dropping to 5-4 on the season. The Brewers got to him early for 9 hits and 6 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
The third game of the 4-game series will be Saturday at 3:10 pm with the Brewers sending Jimmy Nelson (3-6, 4.05 ERA) to square off against Joe Ross (0-1, 5.40 ERA).