Marlins 8, Brewers 3: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers lost their second straight game to the Miami Marlins falling 8-3 Wednesday night.

Jimmy Nelson struggles in return

It was Nelson’s first start in the majors since 2017 and it didn’t go as planned. He got through the first two innings allowing only one run which was unearned. However, trouble started in the third inning.

Nelson walked the opposing pitcher Sandy Alcántara to lead off the frame. Then, Nelson gave up a double and walked another Marlin to load the bases. Brian Anderson would take advantage blasting his first career grand slam to give Miami a 5-0 lead.

“This is very uncharacteristic of how I’ve been throwing, even over the last couple of months,” Nelson said. “It’s not necessarily like a change in competition level. It was a decrease in the execution of my stuff for that one inning, at least.”

Despite the performance from the returning pitcher, the crowd was happy to see him back out on the mound.

“The reception from the fans and the excitement of all the teammates and staff here the last day or two is something I’ll always remember and always appreciate,” Nelson said. “That was the best moment of the day, obviously.”

Marlins dominate in series so far

Miami has outscored Milwaukee 24-3 over the first two games of the series. The Marlins defeated the Brewers 16-0 on Tuesday and showed much of the same Wednesday night. Some thought this was a series the Crew could walk through with ease as the Marlins currently are tied for the third-worst record in the league.

“They are swinging the bats well, there’s no question,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We need to be better in all phases of the game. We haven’t been good in any phase of the game this series. They’re playing well, we’ve played two poor games and they’ve got two wins.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (34-28) will look to avoid the sweep against the Marlins (23-36) Thursday afternoon. Freddy Peralta (2|25.68 ERA43 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Miami will counter with Caleb Smith (3|33.10 ERA, 80 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Marlins 16, Brewers 0: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers were shutout by the Miami Marlins 16-0 on Tuesday night.

Home Runs hurt Chase Anderson

Not one, not two, but three home runs were hit by the Marlins off the Brewers starter. It was 4-0 when Anderson was pulled after just four innings. Anderson has pitched well since leaving the bullpen to become a starter. He entered the game 2-0 with a 2.78 ERA in five starts since moving to the rotation but this one was one to forget.

What the fifth?

Taylor Williams replaced Anderson in the fifth and suffered through one of the worst performances by a Brewers pitcher in recent memory. The Marlins scored a franchise-record 11 runs in the frame. They tallied three doubles and six singles while sending 15 batters to the plate to build a 15-0 lead.

“Look, you want to forget this one as fast as you can,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. “Couldn’t get out of it. That’s what happened.”

Travis Shaw back in the lineup

Shaw returned to the starting lineup after coming off the 10-day injured list. He played well going 2-3 with a walk.

“It’s obviously nice to see those adjustments pay off,” Shaw said. “I felt like I was in a good place coming back here. You never know until you get back here and have that pay off in the first at-bat, the second at-bat, all the way through the night.”

Fan-favorite and rookie phenom Keston Hiura was sent down in favor of Shaw. It was good to see Shaw play well in his first game back.

Hernan Perez has some fun

The Brewers utility man took the mound in the ninth and recorded a 1-2-3 inning while having fun doing so.

“It was in the sixth inning,” Pérez said. “We were losing by a lot and I thought I was going to pitch, and I went to YouTube to see some crazy mechanics pitching.”

The clubhouse seemed loose after the big loss. Guys mostly chalked it up to something that doesn’t happen often and will be easy to move on from. Good for Perez doing his best to have fun which certainly trickled down to his teammates.

The good news is if you lose by 16 or by just one it’s still only one loss.

What’s next?

Milwaukee (34-27) will look to bounce back in game two of the three-game set against Miami (22-36) Wednesday. Jimmy Nelson will get the start for the Brewers in his first major league appearance in almost two years. Sandy Alcantara will get the nod for the Marlins.

Bats Come Alive In 10-2 Win Over Marlins

By Eric Rogers
May 11, 2016
MIAMI — The Milwaukee Brewers used 12 hits to get past the Miami Marlins 10-2 Tuesday night, led by a three-hit night from second baseman Aaron Hill.
Hill got on base four times in total, also scoring a run in the ball game. Shortstop Jonathan Villar had six plate appearances, finishing with a pair of hits, two runs, and two RBI. He also stole two bases.
Miami’s Adam Conley was roughed up early, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in the contest. He lasted just four innings before being pulled and getting credit for his second loss of the season.
Zach Davies had a solid start for Milwaukee, throwing five innings of two-run ball.
Chase Anderson gets the start in the series finale Wednesday night at 6:10.