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Big 4th inning helps Brewers dodge sweep

June 27, 2019 - 5:08 pm
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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers escaped a potential sweep on Thursday afternoon after a fourth-inning surge catapulted the team to a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Ryan Braun led off that fourth inning with a single, and Eric Thames followed with a double. After a Lorenzo Cain strikeout, Mariners pitcher Mike Leake elected to load the bases by intentionally walking Travis Shaw to get to Brewers starter Chase Anderson.

The Crew then worked a little magic; Anderson dropped a suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Braun from third, to put the first run of the game on the board.  

Orlando Arcia, the next batter, took a first-pitch cutter and sent it over the right field wall netting him a three-run homer, his 11th of the season.

On the mound, Anderson did his job. He allowed only three hits, two runs (one earned) and struck out six in five and one-thirds innings pitched. He located his pitches well and had his fastball working (five of his six strikeouts came on the fastball) right around 94 mph.

Anderson was excellent coming into the sixth inning, but the Mariners knew they had to respond to keep themselves in the ballgame. The frame started with a deep shot to right from former Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana. Christian Yelich misplayed the ball, ruled an error, allowing Santana to reach second base. Next up was Mariners first baseman Dan Vogelbach who sent one right back to Yeli in right, scoring Santana.

Counsell made the call to the pen with the Brewers leading 4-1 as Matt Albers entered the ballgame. The first batter he faced was Tim Beckham with Vogelbach standing on second base. Beckham knocked in Vogelbach as the Mariners hit back-to-back singles cutting the Brewers lead in half. The score was 4-2 at the end of the sixth inning.

It stayed that way thanks to another spectacular bullpen performance for the Crew. Junior Guerra came in after Albers for the seventh and gave up only one hit. Then, Hader came on for a two-inning save. He retired all six batters that he faced in order to close this one out earning himself the save, his 19th on the year.