November 20, 2014

Brewers score five and lose

When the Milwaukee Brewers score four or more runs, they usually win.  In fact, entering Tuesday nights game against Arizona, the Brewers were 18-0 when scoring four or more runs in a game.

The streak was bound to end at some point, and it did last night.  The Brewers scored five runs, but it didn’t matter.  Arizona clubbed three home runs and beat the Brewers 7-5 at Miller Park.  The Diamondbacks tied the game 5-5, then won it with Aaron Hill’s two-run homer in the 3-run 8th inning.

The Brewers became the last team in the Major Leagues to lose a game when scoring at least four runs.

Marco Estrada worked six innings, allowing four runs but left with the lead.  It was the bullpen that failed the Brewers this time.  Brandon Kintzler took the mound and gave up Miguel Montero’s run scoring single, followed by Aaron Hill’s long ball.

Kintzler also served up Brandon Phillips game-tying home run in Cincinnati’s extra-inning win over the Brewers on Sunday.  Since returning April 23 from the disabled list, Kintzler has allowed three home runs.

AUDIO: Mgr. Ron Roenicke said Kintzler’s health is fine :10

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke defends his bullpen :10

Arizona’s Josh Collmenter allowed all five runs (4 unearned) in the first inning but the Brewers couldn’t knock him out of the game.  Collmenter held the Brewers in check from that point forward, before turning things over to the bullpen in the 7th.

Marco Estrada worked six innings but tweaked a quadriceps muscle fielding a bunt in the fifth inning but stayed in ghe game.

The Brewers will send Wily Peralta (4-1, 2.04) to the mound in the series finale this afternoon (12:10pm).  Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 6.03) goes for Arizona.