A sixth-inning home run by Christian Yelich following an early pitchers duel was enough to get the Brewers a win against the Cubs last night. Freddy Peralta earns the win, while Alec Mills takes the loss.
Woodruff, Mills Deal Early, Offenses Come Out In Fifth and Sixth
Starting pitchers Brandon Woodruff and Alec Mills dueled early in last night’s game, stimulating much of the drama and pressure-filled moments that occurred late in the game. Despite both starters gave up all of the runs in the game, both Woody and Mills would carry no-hit bids into the fifth inning, which is when it all blew up.
Mills caved first, giving up a walk to Avisaíl García, a single to Justin Smoak, and a sacrifice groundout to Ben Gamel, making the score 1-0 Brewers after the top of the 5th.
Woodruff would follow suit, giving up three straight singles, two straight walks, and another single, allowing three runs to make the score 3-1 Cubs after the fifth.
Then came Christian Yelich.
Mills left a changeup high in the strike zone to Yelich, who sent it over 400 feet to right field, a three-run home run that made the score 4-3, which ended up being the final. Mills finished his night with four earned runs on five hits over six innings, striking out seven. As for Woodruff, he would only go four and 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, striking out four and walking two.
Bullpen Shines Once Again
The Brewers’ bullpen came to play once again tonight after Woodruff’s early exit. Freddy Peralta was the first to enter from the bullpen, and Fastball Freddy did not disappoint. Peralta would go two innings, earning the win while only giving up one hit. Out of his six outs, five of them were strikeouts.
Following Peralta, relievers Devin Williams and Josh Hader would each go one and 1/3 innings, each striking out three. Williams would allow one hit, while Hader would allow two walks en route to earning his fourth save of the season. Between all three relievers, they would only allow four baserunners and would only let four balls-in-play.
Following last night’s win, the Brewers and Cubs will square-off for game three of this four game set at Wrigley Field. First pitch is at 2:20 CDT, which was moved up from 7:10 CDT due to the potential for rain and possibly severe weather in the area tonight. The pitching match-up includes Adrian Houser for the Brewers, and Colin Rea for the Cubs. Houser is solidifying his spot as the Brewers’ true number two starter in the pitching rotation. Going into tomorrow’s game, Houser is 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 17 innings this season.
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