In what could have been a monumental loss for the (38-42) Milwaukee Brewers, Aramis Ramirez smacked a 2-run 10th inning walk-off home run as the Brewers out-slugged the (38-42) Miami Marlins 13-12 Tuesday afternoon at Miller Park. The contest lasted 4-hours, 28-minutes as the two-teams combined for 31-hits. The Brewers were forced to play catch-up after blowing a 6-run, 8th inning lead.
Milwaukee blew the game open in the 6th inning scoring 6-runs to push their lead to 9-2. Corey Hart led-off the frame with a solo home run, his 16th of the season. Ryan Braun capped off the scoring in the inning with a 3-run blast, his National League best 23rd of the year. Hart and Rickie Weeks each had 3-hits in the game while Braun, Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, and Cody Ransom each had 2-hits.
Miami chipped away at the Brewers lead scoring 3-runs in the 7th inning to make it 9-5. After Milwaukee tacked on two in the bottom of the 7th, the Marlins tallied 6-runs in the 8th to tie the game at 11. Jose Reyes hit a solo homer in the 10th to give the Marlins a 12-11 lead before Ramirez won it. Manager Ron Roenicke had a good feeling heading into the game…
It was not a good day for the Brewers bullpen. Milwaukee used 6-relievers with only Manny Parra and John Axford posting goose eggs. Jose Veras was charged with all 3-runs in the 7th lasting just 1/3 of an inning before Parra relieved him. Kameron Loe went only 1/3 of an inning in the 8th surrendering 4-runs and was replaced by Francisco Rodriguez who got the final two-outs of the frame while allowing 2-runs. Livan Hernandez, who notched the victory, gave up the Reyes homer that put the Brewers down in the 10th. Roenicke needs his bullpen to get it together
Marco Estrada may have had the best day on the hill for Milwaukee. He went 6-innings allowing 2-runs on 4-hits, struck out-6 and walked no-one. With a 9-2 lead, it seemed destined Estrada (0-3) would pick up his first victory of the season.
The Brewers and Marlins will play another 3:10 first pitch Wednesday at Miller Park. Randy Wolf (2-6) gets the ball for Milwaukee while Josh Johnson (5-5) tosses for Miami. The 4-game set concludes Thursday with a 1:10 first pitch.