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Grisham go-ahead banks Brewers win

August 14, 2019 - 5:37 pm
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MILWAUKEE – Rookie Trent Grisham powered the Brewers to a series split in grand, go-ahead fashion – an eighth-inning, three-run home run to right field – in Game 2 against the Twins; it was a 6-5 final from Miller Park, Wednesday.

The Crew played from behind virtually the entire game leading up to Grisham’s blast. Twins lead-off man Mitch Garver belted a solo home run off of Brewers starter Gio Gonzalez on the fifth pitch of the afternoon. Three batters later, the Twins’ Eddie Rosario did the same.

The Brewers’ rookies, capped by Grisham’s go-ahead, bookended the team’s scoring on the afternoon. It started in the first inning with Grisham himself; the lead-off man singled to center on the second pitch he saw. Keston Hiura, the day’s clean-up hitter, then drove Grisham home with a single of his own.

The two teams went back into the run column in the third inning. Miguel Sano homered for the Twins in the top half – the third surrendered by Gonzalez on the day. Eric Thames dropped an RBI single to right field in the bottom half of the frame to alleviate the damage.

Gonzalez gave up a pair on an RBI single in the fourth before the Crew returned to the RBI column in the fifth inning. Eric Thames came through with his second RBI single of the day, scoring Mike Moustakas.

A rough outing from the starting pitcher did not translate, at least in the run column, to the Brewers’ bullpen. Jeremy Jeffress (one-and-one-thirds innings), Ray Black (one inning in his Brewers debut) and Junior Guerra (two innings) filled the box score with scoreless innings through the eighth before Craig Counsell made the call to close things – with a lead, thanks to Grisham – in the ninth.

It was not Josh Hader, who blew his fifth save of the season the night before, that Counsell called for. Alex Claudio took care of Twins’ lefty Luis Arraez for the first out before Counsell went to the pen again. After getting the second out, Matt Albers did his best to send Brewers nation’s blood pressure through the roof – putting together a string of 11 consecutive balls and walking the bases loaded – before converting the save and closing the door on Game 2.

Brewers Box in Brief

SP: Gio Gonzalez – 3.2 IP, 5 H (3 solo HR), 4 BB, 5 K

W: Junior Guerra – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

S: Matt Albers – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 3 BB, 0 K

HR: Trent Grisham (2)

RBI: Grisham 3 (8), Thames 2 (46), Hiura (33)