A feeling of deja vu set in at Miller Park on Wednesday night. One night after Zach Davies dominated the A’s with a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, Chase Anderson nearly matched it, taking his own attempt at a no-hitter deep into the sixth as part of a 4-0 Milwaukee Brewers win to complete a two-game sweep of Oakland.
Anderson (4-6) did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning and finished the game giving up two hits in 6 2/3 innings. The righthander struck out four in earning his second consecutive win and improved to 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in his last five outings.
Blaine Boyer and Will Smith combined to throw a scoreless 2 1/3 innings and close out the win, the Brewers’ tenth in their last 15 games. The recent run has pushed Milwaukee (28-31) within three games of a .500 record and four games of the wild card.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Scooter Gennett single to left. Gennett delivered again in the fourth, singling to right with the bases loaded to score a pair of runs and make it 4-0.
The Brewers will continue a six-game homestand with the opener of a four-game set against the New York Mets. Jimmy Nelson (5-4) opposes Bartolo Colon (4-3) with a first pitch at 7:10 p.m.
Prior to the game, the Brewers announced that Ryan Braun remains fifth among outfielders in the National League All-Star voting.
After the game, the team made public that on Thursday they will designate righthanded reliever Neil Ramirez for assignment, making room for fellow reliever Corey Knebel after a stint on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique.
Also on Thursday is the start of the MLB First-Year Player Draft (6 p.m. on MLB Network). The Brewers own the fifth pick overall, as well as picks #46 (Second Round) and #75 (Competitive Balance Round B).
In four prior years with the #5 pick, Milwaukee has taken Rick O’Keefe in 1975, Ken Henderson in 1991, Mark Rogers in 2004, and Ryan Braun in 2005.
Representing the Brewers at the draft in Secaucus, New Jersey, will be former Brewers All-Star Ben Sheets and VP of Baseball Projects, Gord Ash.