Coming into Opening Day, the Brewers offense knew they’d have a lot of work to do facing 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. As most fans wouldn’t have been surprised by a dominant performance by him, the Brewers made it a game, but not for long.
Early on both Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Villar made sure they let Bumgarner know he wouldn’t have a dominant performance as each had a solo home run. Gennett’s came in the bottom of the 2nd inning and Villar followed him up in the 3rd. Along with Chris Carter’s walk in the 1st inning, the Brewers had a run in each of the 1st three innings. But, that was all for the Brewers in the run department.
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Wily Peralta had a rough Opening Day start as he only lasted 4 innings giving up 4 ERs in 4 IP with 2 Ks and 2 BBs. Bumgarner did a bit better stretching it out to 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 BBs, and 6 Ks.
The Giants stretched the game out in the top of the 5th as Matt Duffy hit a 3-run home run and the Giants went up 7-3 off Brewers relief pitcher Carlos Torres. Although, the game didn’t look the best for the Brewers, it got a whole lot worse in the top of the 8th as the Brewers gave up 5 ERs on back-to-back-to-back home runs.
Denard Span, Joe Panik and Buster Posey all hit one off of Ariel Pena as he gave up all 5 ERs. At that point, it made some fans make sure to not get stuck in traffic and leave early as the Brewers took the loss 12-3.
The Brewers hope to have a rebound game tomorrow against the Giants as Jimmy Nelson will take the start against Johnny Cueto at 7:10 PM at Miller Park.