MILWAUKEE — It took extra innings but the Milwaukee Brewers overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Monday night at Miller Park.
Getting it done
Milwaukee continued its season-long trend of using every out available to them. Down 5-4 in the ninth inning, the Brewers got singles from Brad Miller, Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar to load the bases with one out. Travis Shaw followed with a sacrifice fly to tie things up and get to extras.
Then, after Corey Knebel pitched a scoreless top of the 10th, Milwaukee loaded the bases and saw Brad Miller draw a walk for the win. It was the Brewers sixth walk-off victory of the year and it moved them to 5-2 in extra inning games this year. It was also their 21st come-from-behind win this season.
Tough outing for Brent Suter
Brent Suter played with fire much of the night, but it wasn’t until the fifth inning that he got burned. After managing just one run despite having base runners nearly every inning, Minnesota finally got the big hit it was looking for, as Robbie Grossman drilled a two-out grand slam to give the Twins a 5-1 lead.
Suter got the final out of the inning before he was replaced. It marked his second straight start where he struggled to finish things off. The last time out he threw six scoreless innings and then got tagged for four runs.
The issues come after he had seemingly found his groove, giving up three or fewer runs in his previous seven starts.
But he was picked up by the bullpen
With Suter exiting after the fifth inning, Counsell turned to his bullpen to keep them in the game and they did exactly that. Taylor Williams, Dan Jennings, Jacob Barnes and Corey Knebel combined to throw five scoreless inning and allowed just two hits. Counsell called Knebel’s 10th inning, in which he struck out a pair, “dynamite.”
Nate Orf debut
As has been his custom, Counsell threw his new call up right into action, giving Nate Orf a start at second base in his MLB debut. It was a bit of hit and miss effort for the 28-year-old. His defense was on point, including a pretty inning-ending pick and throw from shallow right field to first base. But he also wasn’t able to get a key hit, namely in the fifth inning when the bases were loaded. Orf got ahold of a pitch but it was caught at the wall. He finished the night 0-for-4, though he did get on base in the 10th after getting hit by a pitch.
Orf had to wait five and a half years for his first major league at-bat and will have to wait at least another game for his first hit.
Another grand slam?
For the first time in team history, Milwaukee has given up a grand slam in three straight games. It was also the first time in MLB that a team had done it since the Kansas City Royals in 2007.
Milwaukee and Minnesota will meet against Tuesday afternoon with first pitch coming at 3:10 p.m.