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Brewers: Bullpen slammed in loss to Diamondbacks

June 12, 2017

PHOENIX — Two of the hottest pitchers in the majors squared off Sunday afternoon.

It was a 1-0 game in favor of Arizona as the two went head to head into the seventh, with Robbie Ray whiffing 12 batters in 6º innings.

Jake Lamb’s RBI groundout in the first inning was the first run against Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson in his previous 23 innings. The former Diamondbacks pitcher allowed one run on four hits, striking out eight, before departing after six innings.

The Diamondbacks then pulled away against the Brewers’ bullpen en route to an 11-1 victory in the series finale at Chase Field.

Chris Herrmann and David Peralta hit two-run homers and Brandon Drury added a solo shot in the Arizona seventh. Paul Goldschmidt added a grand slam in a five-run eighth.

Carlos Torres, Neftali Feliz, Wily Peralta and Rob Scahill each contributed to the meltdown.

“We’ve got certainly more than one guy that is struggling (in the bullpen) a little bit right now,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

“Right now they’ve got to pitch and the only way to get on track is for them to pitch. So we’ve got to put them put there and they’ve got to figure it out.”

Keon Broxton homered in the ninth for Milwaukee. The Brewers’ streak of having a lead in a game ended at 16 games.

Ray has allowed just one run in his past five starts, spanning 37? innings. He was pulled after walking two with two outs in the seventh. It was his third consecutive game with 10 or more strikeouts.

J.J. Hoover relieved and walked the bases loaded, but Jorge De La Rosa came on and struck out Eric Thames on three pitches to end the inning.

“The thing was as advertised,” Counsell said. “The two guys threw the ball very well. Chase was really good. They had a few good at-bats off him in the first inning. He pitched out of a few tough situations. Made a good pitch and struck out (Jake) Lamb, who’s a really good hitter, in the sixth. I was really proud of him. It was another excellent start for Chase.”

Brinson 0-for-2

Brewers outfielder Lewis Brinson was at Chase Field for Opening Day in April, as a fan.

A little more than two months later, he made his debut in the majors with the Brewers.

Brinson, playing left field and leading off, notched his first career stolen base in the third inning. He went 0-for-2 and walked twice.

Braun running

Outfielder Ryan Braun has had two recent stints on the disabled list due to a left calf strain and has played only five games since May 2.

But over the weekend, Braun was back on the field running and taking part in baseball activities.

He said that he’s pain-free now and seeing “the light at the end of the tunnel.” A rehab stint in the minors is in the plans, he told MLB.com.

“It’s continuing to head in the right direction,” the All-Star said.

Counsell cautioned Braun isn’t close to returning to the field.

“We’re not there yet,” Counsell said. “I can’t give you a date yet. That’s the way it’s going. There are no plans. He’s just working out on the field, and when he’s ready to go for rehab, we’ll send him out.”

Up next

Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson (4-3) is slated to start one game of a doubleheader at St. Louis on Tuesday following a day off. The other game’s starter has yet to be determined.

The Cardinals will send out right-hander Lance Lynn (4-3, 2.88) in the first game. Lefty Marco Gonzales will make his season debut for St. Louis in the nightcap.

Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Brinson lf 2 0 0 0 2 1 .000

Thames 1b 4 0 0 0 0 3 .256

Santana rf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .281

Perez 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .270

Bandy c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .232

Broxton cf 4 1 1 1 0 3 .224

Sogard 2b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .333

Arcia ss 2 0 1 0 2 0 .262

Anderson p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .148

Aguilar ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .282

Phillips ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200

Totals 30 1 4 1 5 13

Arizona AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Blanco cf-lf 3 2 1 0 2 1 .270

D.Peralta rf 5 3 3 2 0 0 .312

Goldschmidt 1b 5 1 3 4 0 2 .317

Lamb 3b 4 0 0 1 1 2 .276

Drury 2b 3 1 1 1 1 0 .284

Descalso lf 3 1 1 0 0 2 .218

Hazelbaker rf 1 1 1 0 0 0 .313

Herrmann c 4 2 2 3 0 1 .167

Ahmed ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .268

Ray p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .250

Fuentes ph-cf 2 0 0 0 0 2 .207

Totals 36 11 13 11 4 12

Milwaukee 000 000 001 — 1 4 0

Arizona 100 000 55x — 11 13 0

LOB — Milwaukee 8, Arizona 5. 2B — Arcia (9), Goldschmidt 2 (17), Herrmann (3). HR — Broxton (7), off Bracho; Drury (7), off Torres; Herrmann (6), off Torres; D.Peralta (5), off Feliz; Goldschmidt (14), off Scahill. RBIs — Broxton (17), D.Peralta 2 (17), Goldschmidt 4 (51), Lamb (57), Drury (25), Herrmann 3 (14). SB — Brinson (1), Perez (4), Arcia (3), Blanco 2 (6). CS — Ahmed (4). S — Anderson.

Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Anderson, L, 5-2 6 4 1 1 1 8 2.83

Torres 2/3 3 3 3 0 2 4.86

Feliz 0 2 2 2 2 0 5.88

W.Peralta 1 3 4 4 1 1 6.57

Scahill 1/3 1 1 1 0 1 3.57

Arizona IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Ray, W, 7-3 62/3 3 0 0 4 12 2.62

Hoover 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.22

De La Rosa, H, 8 1/3 0 0 0 0 1 4.37

Bradley 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.26

Bracho 1 1 1 1 0 0 9.00

Hoover pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

Feliz pitched to 4 batters in the 7th.

Inherited runners-scored — W.Peralta 2-0, Scahill 3-3, Hoover 2-0, De La Rosa 3-0.

T — 3:26. Att. — 30,370.