The Minnesota Twins’ pitching staff shut down Milwaukee’s offense on Thursday night, leading the way to a 7-1 win. Jose Berrios picked up the win, while Brandon Woodruff took the loss.
Poor Pitching, and Poorer Hitting
In the rubber match of the series, the Brewers sent Brandon Woodruff to the mound, hoping to stifle the Twins’ hot lineup. Unfortunately, that was not the case, as Woodruff would allow two runs in his five inning start, along with nine hits and only three strikeouts. Woody would give up both of his runs before the Brewers scored in the game, an occurrence that many are associating with this team: playing from behind. In 23 games this season, the Brewers have scored first in only four of them.
Woodruff kept the game close, and would turn it over to Freddy Peralta in the sixth inning. Peralta had one of his worst outings of the year, giving up two runs in two innings. Thursday is one of two appearances in which Peralta gave up a run, the only other one being his first appearance of the year against the Cubs. Rookie Angel Perdomo relieved Peralta in the eighth. He gave up three runs in one inning in his second appearance of the season.
Like stated earlier, the Brewers have scored first in four of their 23 games played this season. This is mainly the fault of the offense, who finished the night with only five hits. First baseman Justin Smoak would be the only source of production for the Brewers, hitting a solo home run to left in the seventh.
The Brewers will head to Pittsburgh for a three game series against the Pirates starting on Friday. First Pitch is at 6:05 CDT. Adrian Houser will look to hold down the Pirates against Chad Kuhl, who enters the game with an 0-1 record. The Brewers will remain without reliever Corey Knebel for the series. He hit the 10-day injured list with a hamstring injury.
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