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  • Brewers 7, Twins 3: Sixth-Inning Surge

    Jason Wang

    A great team hitting effort and remarkable relief pitching allows the Brewers to take the first game against a Midwest rival.

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    Box Score
    Starting Pitcher: Wade Miley - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 89 pitches, 58 strikes (65.2%)
    Home Runs: Willy Adames (20)
    Top 3 WPA: Mark Canha (.221), William Contreras (.122), Bryse Wilson (.084) 
    Bottom 3 WPA: Wade Miley (-.067), Carlos Santana (-.050), Joey Wiemer (-.039) 

    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)


    Miley Gives Up Three In Five
    Despite being one of the few teams that are worse than the Brewers at hitting lefties, the Twins did some damage to Wade Miley in the second and fourth innings of his start. In the second inning, Christian Vazquez hit just his fourth home run of the season to score himself and Kyle Farmer

    After giving up a double to Jordan Luplow and a walk to Carlos Correa, Miley allowed Minnesota to pull ahead in the fourth inning after a one-run single by Kyle Farmer.

    As per usual, Wade Miley didn’t rely on blazing fast velocity (he topped out at 92.8 mph on his four-seam fastball) and earned just seven swinging strikes, but his command was excellent, walking just one while getting 17 called strikes.

    His ERA and WHIP currently stand at 3.18 and 1.17 over 87.2 innings pitched.

    Some Things Are Worth The Wait
    The Brewers offense started off quite slow but needed just one inning to seal the deal. They took the lead in the first following a home run to left center field by Willy Adames, putting the score at 2-0.

    Despite this early slip-up, Twins starter Bailey Ober kept Milwaukee scoreless through the remainder of his start, giving up just two hits and three walks in total. At a relatively low pitch count of 78, fans were surprised when the decision was made to go to the Minnesota bullpen. Unfortunately for Rocco Baldelli, this would be the wrong decision.

    The Brewers went on a hitting onslaught, tagging Dylan Floro for six hits and a stolen base. In what seemed like a revolving door at the plate, Milwaukee simply couldn’t stop putting balls in play. By the time the dust cleared, Floro had given up five earned runs and the score was now 7-3 in favor of the Brewers.

    It was a great offensive day for the Brewers and while the score wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, everyone in the lineup was able to get on base at least once, a rare sight for the team. 

    Bullpen Gets It Done, Royce Slips Up
    To close out the final four innings of the game, Bryse Wilson pitched two innings while Hoby Milner and Trevor Megill pitched in the eighth and ninth innings respectively. The Twins didn’t put up much of a fight and perhaps the greatest highlight was Royce Lewis’s epic baserunning gaffe that crushed what little morale remained in the away dugout.

    After hitting a ball just past Carlos Santana at first base, it seemed like your usual single. However, after taking a hard turn towards second base, changing his mind, and slipping on his way back to first base, it was too late. 

    Want to know how it was from the other side? Take a look at the game through a Twins lens with a recap from Twins Daily.

    What’s Next? 
    In the second and final game of the series, Corbin Burnes will face Kenta Maeda. After losing both games against the Twins earlier in the year, the Brewers are seeking to even the score. 

    Following this victory, the Brewers are 3.5 games ahead of the Chicago Cubs and 4.5 games ahead of the Cincinnati Reds.

    Postgame Interviews

    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

    Peguero 17 0 29 0 0 46
    Megill 0 13 24 0 9 46
    Milner 9 22 0 0 12 43
    B Wilson 0 0 18 0 25 43
    Chafin 19 0 0 0 0 19
    Uribe 9 4 0 0 0 13
    Payamps 0 13 0 0 0 13
    Williams 9 0 3 0 0 12

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