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  • Brewers 10, Padres 6: Can You Feel The Milwaukee Momentum?

    Jason Wang

    The Brewers' miniature homestand turned into the culmination of a fantastic surge. It wasn't quite easy, but the Padres did give them plenty of chances to make it so.

    Image courtesy of © Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

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    Box Score

    Starting Pitcher: Adrian Houser - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 43 pitches, 29 strikes (67.4%)
    Home Runs: William Contreras (14)
    Top 3 WPA: Carlos Santana (.296), Rowdy Tellez (.283), Sal Frelick (.200) 
    Bottom 3 WPA: Adrian Houser (-.303), Abner Uribe (-.218), Willy Adames (-.211) 

    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)


    Houser Makes It A Bullpen Day
    Adrian Houser didn’t have the greatest outing of his career. After giving up just one run in the first inning, he gave up three earned runs in the second inning, all of which came from the two home runs he gave up to Gary Sanchez and Matthew Batten.

    To make matters worse, he left the game early and passed the ball to Bryse Wilson in the third inning, later reporting swelling in his elbow. While it wasn’t in the area of the UCL, according to Craig Counsell, it's yet to be seen whether Houser will be making another trip to the IL this season.  

    Milwaukee Is Here To Mash
    Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Brewers were down 4-2 with just a 25.7% chance to win the game. Powered by the sheer might of the home crowd and the will to preserve their win streak, they went on a tear, scoring seven runs.

    After a single and two walks to load the bases, Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run double, his eighth of the year, to tie the game at 4-4.

    Following an intentional walk of Christian Yelich to again load the bases, Carlos Santana was walked unintentionally to score the go-ahead run. The Padres made a call to the bullpen, bringing in Nick Martinez, but it didn’t stop Sal Frelick from hitting a two-run double, nor Mark Canha from hitting a two-run single, his second hit of the inning. 

    To add an insurance run, Contreras hit yet another double in the seventh inning to score the Brewers’ tenth run, but at this point any additional runs could’ve fairly been interpreted as bullying. 

    Wilson Goes Deep, Uribe Gives Up Two
    Fulfilling his role as a truly long reliever, Bryse Wilson managed to pitch four shutout innings, giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out four. He threw 53 pitches, a herculean effort for a typical bullpen arm.

    Abner Uribe had a slightly tougher time, giving up no hits but three walks and two earned runs. He also hit Trent Grisham with a pitch and threw two wild pitches, all without recording a single out. Uribe clearly has a live arm but, like most young players who share the trait, evidently struggles with control from time to time.

    Hoby Milner and Trevor Megill combined for the final three innings of relief, with Megill striking out five and giving up just three hits. 

    What’s Next? 
    The Brewers are heading to Chicago to take on the division rival Cubs in a potential barn-burner of a series. Wade Miley will take on Jameson Taillon as the Cubs fight to regain ground in the still hotly-contested NL Central.

    The Brewers are 4.0 games ahead of the Cubs and 6.0 games ahead of the Cincinnati Reds.

    Postgame Interviews

    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

    B Wilson 0 0 0 0 53 53
    Uribe 10 0 19 0 18 47
    Megill 0 0 14 0 32 46
    Payamps 15 0 0 15 0 30
    Chafin 0 0 26 0 0 26
    Peguero 0 0 0 23 0 23
    Williams 0 0 0 14 0 14
    Milner 0 0 0 0 13 13

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