The Milwaukee Brewers brought their 9-3 road record into Philadelphia Monday night for the first of four games. Unfortunately after trailing early the Brewers rally in the later innings came up short as they lost 4-3.
There were a few major headlines emerging prior to the game. One being the announcement of Keston Hiura being optioned to the minors. The other being that Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich were set to return to the lineup.
Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain are back in the Brewers lineup for their opener tonight in Philadelphia. pic.twitter.com/yImAZuLI0i
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 3, 2021
Both players had great games for Lorenzo Cain hit a solo home run in his first at bat back and Christian Yelich collected two hits in four at bats. Despite this, the Brewers were still unable to pull out a victory in this one.
A 1-0 lead in the first inning would be the only time the Brewers lead during this game. Adrian Houser immediately surrendered a two run home run from JT Realmuto in the bottom of the first. In the second inning, Luis Urias recorded a throwing error and two unearned runs ended up crossing home plate that inning.
With the Brewers down 4-1 early on, the offense went dormant in the middle innings. In the eighth inning and nobody out the Brewers had the bases loaded but were only able to plate two runs.
Trailing 4-3 entering the ninth inning, Dan Vogelbach hit a leadoff double to snap an 0-16 streak. The next two Brewers proceeded to strike out, but a Billy McKinney walk and Kolton Wong infield single brought Lorenzo Cain to the plate with a chance to be the hero.
Sadly, this was not to be. On the 12th two strike pitch of the inning, Cain was unable to check his swing and struck out to end the game. The storyline for Cain to produce a go-ahead or tying run in his first game back was there for the taking, but Hector Neris had other plans.
The Brewers and Phillies will play three more games this week. Be sure to stay tuned to Wisconsin Sports Heroics for up to date information following all of the games!
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