The Brewers got everything Craig Counsell would want as the offense produced 6 runs going into the 9th inning and a simple 1-2-3 inning would produce the shutout. While, that seemed to be the easy way to end it, the Brewers had an interesting slide from Colby Rasmus that ended the game with a review.
Going back to last season’s post-season, Chase Utley put a slide into 2B that broke Ruben Tejada’s right leg in the NLDS. During the off-season, MLB allowed slides to be reviewable. This was the case on Friday night at a time when it decided the game, but the Brewers seemed to have no reason to get to that point.
First, Chase Anderson came into the game with a rough Spring Training ERA of 9.82 in 14.2 IP, but he immediately threw that out the window as he went 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks, 0 BBs in 85 pitches. This seems to be a trend with the starters as Wily Peralta had 83 pitches, Jimmy Nelson – 88, and Taylor Jungmann – 80 in their starts.
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Their offense came with big swings right in the 1st inning as Scooter Gennett hit a solo home run to right center field and Chris Carter hit a 2-run shot in the same direction. Along with Domingo Santana’s RBI, Ryan Braun came up in the bottom of the 8th to hit a 2-run home run to seem to guarantee a win.
But, once Brewers brought in newly acquired reliever Sam Freeman, things changed. A 3-run home run by Tyler White and then a walk to Marwin Gonzalez brought in the closer Jeremy Jeffress. After allowing a run on a double by Preston Tucker and then a walk to Rasmus, Brewers fans might have thought one big hit and there goes the game.
Instead, a grounder to Gennett, who was playing towards 2B, darted out and threw back to Jonathan Villar. Rasmus, not touching the base and having his leg up forced a review. The Brewers bench reacted seeing it clearly seemed to know it was the end and the umpires shortly signaled the 6-4 win.
Today, the Astros have Doug Fister making his first start of the year against Wily Peralta, who comes in being 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA. The game starts at 6:10 CT at Miller Park.