Wednesday’s matinee game between the Brewers and Braves had plenty of excitement. The game ultimately ended in the Brewers coming from behind to win by a score of 7-6. Keston Hiura delivered the game winning blow as he hit a walk off home run.
Lets take a look at how we got to that point.
The headline entering this game was the starting pitchers. In a rematch from 11 games prior, Corbin Burnes and Max Fried were both on the hill again. By the standards these two pitchers have set for themselves, neither one of them ended up performing their best.
Both Burnes and Fried pitched six innings. Burnes gave up all four of his earned runs in the third inning when Austin Riley hit a three run home run and Marcell Ozuna a solo home run. Fried gave up two runs in the fourth inning and one in the sixth. He did give up seven hits and walked two batters during that time frame.
With Burnes and Fried out of the game, both teams turned to their bullpens. Trevor Gott, Luis Perdomo, and Devin Williams all pitched scoreless frames for the Brewers. The Braves uses Spencer Strider and Will Smith before turning the ball over to Kenley Jansen in the ninth with a one run lead.
In the ninth inning, pinch hitter Jace Peterson worked a full count and drew a walk. The next batter, Keston Hiura, flew out to deep center field for the first out. With Victor Caratini up to bat, Peterson ended up stealing second base prior to him grounding out. This sent forth Kolton Wong, who on the seventh pitch of the at bat hit a triple down the right field line to tie the game at 4-4. Following the triple, Luis Urias was retired thanks to an incredible game saving over the shoulder grab from shortstop Dansby Swanson.
Extra Innings 10-11
In the 10th inning, both teams ended up scoring one run. The Braves scored as the Brewers were unable to capitalize on a double play ball that went in and out of Hiura’s glove at first base. In the bottom of the 10th, a Hunter Renfroe SAC fly tied the game at 5-5. Both Tyrone Taylor and Jace Peterson were unable to bring in Christian Yelich who was left stranded at second base.
Heading into the 11th inning, Brewers reliever Trevor Kelley made his debut. Unfortunately Travis d’Arnaud hit a well placed ball into right field on the first pitch in which Ozzie Albies scored. Thankfully he was able to get the next three batters out without any more runs crossing the plate. During the bottom of the 11th, Keston Hiura was the first player up to bat. Down in the count 1-2, he demolished a sinker off the scoreboard for a walk off two run homer!
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Hiura’s big hit gave the Brewers a 7-6 victory. It also marked their longest come from behind victory this season. Hopefully Hiura, who was called up as a result of Willy Adames going on the IL, can continue to contribute in big ways going forward.
This was the last regular season game against the Braves, in which each team won three games. The Brewers are off on Thursday before starting a three game weekend series against the Nationals.
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