Brewer Bullpen & Defense Flounder in Loss to A’s

The Milwaukee Brewers fell to 1-7 on their current California road trip by virtue of a 5-3 loss on Tuesday night in Oakland to the Athletics. After losing each of his first three starts in the month of June, Jimmy Nelson worked five innings of one-run ball on Tuesday before giving way to the bullpen.

The once strong unit had a rough go of it on this night, however, as the A’s scored four runs over their final four trips to the plate to secure the victory. Three of those runs went unearned following a Jonathan Villar error in the seventh. Coincidentally, on a night when the Brewers stroked ten base hits but left 17 runners on base, Villar was the lone Milwaukee bat to fail to record a hit.

Offensively, the Brewers received a two-for-four night from Ryan Braun and got RBI contributions from Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Chris Carter.

The final knockout punch came in the seventh on Marcus Semien’s two-run triple off of Michael Blazek, who was making his return from a stint on the DL.

The Brewers and A’s will hold a 2:35 CT matinee on Wednesday.