The Milwaukee Brewers overcame some tough breaks and an inconsistent strike zone to defeat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 in 11 innings on Tuesday night. Starting pitcher Colin Rea pitched five innings of four-run ball with all of the damage against him coming in the third inning.
Despite getting roughed up, the young starter bounced back to shutdown the Mariners in the fourth and fifth innings, displaying great composure. Remember, Rea is filling in for injured starter Brandon Woodruff who may be out for months. It was promising to see such an effort from a pitcher who was not even supposed to be in the rotation. In fact, there was a lot be excited about in this game, and Rea’s performance was just one of them.
#1. The Milwaukee Brewers Bullpen
After Rea left the game, he was relieved by Hoby Milner, who pitched 1.1 innings of shutout ball. Milner was relieved by Joel Payamps after he got Kolten Wong out on strikes in the seventh. Payamps needed just two pitches to get the final two outs of the inning.
Matt Bush came into the game in the eighth inning and struck out the side. Devin Williams pitched the ninth, walking one and striking out three.
Bryse Wilson pitched both extra frames for the Brewers. He allowed one unearned run and worked around two hits and two walks to seal the win.
In total, the Brewers’ bullpen pitched six innings and allowed just one unearned run, two hits, four walks, and eight strikeouts. What was thought to be a weakness of the team going into the season has now become one of its biggest strengths.
#2. Christian Yelich
After having a woeful night at the plate on Monday night, Christian Yelich wasted no time getting back on track on Tuesday. The Brewers left fielder led the game off with a solo home run to set the tone. He finished the night 3-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. His 17 runs scored on the season are the second most in all of baseball. Only Ronald Acuna Jr. (18) has more.
#3. Willy Adames
The popular Brewers shortstop, Willy Adames, went 2-5 with a home run and three RBI. Adames’ first RBI on the night was a RBI double to score Yelich in the third inning. His solo home run in the sixth inning tied the game after Milwaukee trailed 4-3. Finally, Adames had a RBI groundout in the 11th inning to score Joey Wiemer.
Adames’ four home runs are second on the team behind Rowdy Tellez’s five. His 12 RBI are also tied with Tellez for second on the team (Brian Anderson has 15). Going into the game Bally Sports Wisconsin showed a graphic that revealed that Adames is one of just five National League players with at least 15 hits and 12 walks this season.
One Major Concern
Rookie center fielder Garrett Mitchell injured his shoulder sliding into third base on a close play in extra innings. Even though he stayed in the game, he was removed after throwing home from the outfield in the bottom of the 10th.
According to manager Craig Counsell, Mitchell will not be in the lineup tomorrow. He will fly back with the team and have his shoulder looked at my doctors in Milwaukee.