Brewers Beat Up on Tribe Bullpen in Rout; Brewers 7, Indians 1
Bob Toth | On 04, Sep 2020
The Milwaukee Brewers scored six runs off of the Cleveland bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings to rout the Indians by a 7-1 final from Progressive Field on Friday night.
The Indians got another good start from Carlos Carrasco, but were unable to do much of anything against Brewers starter Corbin Burnes and two Milwaukee relievers as the Tribe offense was shut down in a familiar display in the series opener from Cleveland on Friday. The Indians offense mustered just four hits and a pair of walks, while the bullpen was tagged for six runs in relief of a quality start from Carrasco.
Burnes shut down the Indians offense on an unearned run over six innings of work, scattering three hits and two walks with his seven strikeouts to continue his solid stint back in the Milwaukee rotation. Cleveland wasted a quality showing from Carrasco, who dodged some bullets and worked out of jams, allowing only a lucky infield single to do the major damage against him.
Carrasco had to work out of one of those jams in the first inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Ben Gamel and walked the next batter, Keston Hiura, but he bounced back in true veteran fashion, striking out the next three to strand a pair.
Burnes allowed a leadoff double to Cesar Hernandez in the bottom of the first, then set down the next 12 batters.
Carrasco pitched a perfect second and used a double play ball to erase Jacob Nottingham in the third after his leadoff walk.
The Brewers got on the board in the fourth. Jedd Gyorko singled with one out and moved to second on a single the opposite way by the newest member of the Milwaukee organization, Daniel Vogelbach, who was claimed off of waivers from Toronto on Thursday. Orlando Arcia lined to right for the second out, but Carrasco walked Jace Peterson on five pitches to load the bases. Luis Urias chopped a pitch off of the plate perfectly, as Carrasco had no play at the plate or at first and Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead. Nottingham grounded into a force at second to waste an opportunity for more.
Carrasco got another double play to get out of the fifth after a leadoff single by Gamel.
The Indians loaded the bases in their only threat against Burnes in the bottom of the fifth. Franmil Reyes drew a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles by Tyler Naquin and Josh Naylor loaded the bases. Austin Hedges struck out swinging on three pitches for the second straight at bat for the first out. Delino DeShields worked the count to 3-1 before grounding a 3-1 sinker to third. Reyes was retired on a force at the plate for the second out, but Nottingham’s thrown hit DeShields in the back at first and rolled towards the outfield grass, allowing him to reach safely and an alert Naquin to score from second with the tying run, making it a 1-1 ball game. DeShields stole second before Hernandez grounded out to second to leave a pair in scoring position.
Carrasco worked around a one-out single by Vogelbach up the middle in the sixth in his final inning, and Burnes set down the Tribe bats in order in the home half before Milwaukee broke the game open in the seventh.
Phil Maton took over for interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. in the seventh, but walked the leadoff man Urias on five pitches, issuing just his second walk of the season. Nottingham struck out looking before Gamel singled to right, putting runners on the corners. Hiura sent a drive deep to right that Naquin could not reel in at the wall for an RBI-double, putting the Brewers up 2-1 on Maton’s second earned run allowed of the year. Oliver Perez entered in relief in a left-on-left matchup with Christian Yelich, but a fielding error charged on Carlos Santana at first allowed Yelich to pull in safely at second while driving home two more runs to make it a 4-1 game. Perez walked Gyorko before Ryan Braun delivered a pinch-hit RBI-single to center to make it a 5-1 game. Perez retired Arcia and pinch-hitter Mark Mathias on outs in the air, but the damage was done.
Burnes returned in the seventh, but walked Reyes and exited for Brent Suter. He got the next three batters in order.
James Karinchak came on in the four-run game in the eighth, but was unable to keep the game close. He gave up a leadoff single to Urias, but he was hit by a ball off of the bat of Nottingham for the first out. Gamel struck out swinging on a wild pitch by Karinchak, which allowed Nottingham to advance to second. Three straight curves out of the zone by Karinchak put the count in Hiura’s favor, and the Brewers’ leading home run and RBI man added to those tallies with a two-run homer to the bleachers in left to give the Brewers a 7-1 lead. Karinchak walked Yelich before striking out Tyrone Taylor swinging.
Suter allowed a leadoff single to Oscar Mercado in the eighth, but got a double play ball off of the bat of Hernandez to end any sort of rally efforts from the Tribe. After a scoreless ninth from Adam Cimber, Alex Claudio did the same to the Tribe lineup, getting Francisco Lindor to line to center, Santana to fly to right, and Reyes to ground to first as the onslaught came to a close.
The Indians dropped to 23-15 on the season and 9-8 at home. The Brewers moved to 18-19 on the season and 10-9 away from Miller Park.
Carrasco took a tough no-decision after limiting the Brewers to just one run on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings of work. Milwaukee made him work through several innings, but he kept the damage to a respectable one run.
The bullpen behind Carrasco, however, struggled. Maton was charged with the loss, allowing three runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in one-third of an inning after entering the game with just one earned run allowed on the campaign. Perez was charged with an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning and Karinchak allowed two more earned runs on three hits and a walk in his inning of work. The only Cleveland pitcher without a run charged to him was Cimber, who worked a perfect nine-pitch ninth.
Burnes earned his second win of the season for the Brewers after a quality six-plus innings of work. He allowed one unearned run on three hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts. Suter struck out a pair in two scoreless innings of work, while Claudio shut the door on the Tribe with a perfect ninth inning out of the Milwaukee bullpen.
The Indians bats mustered just four hits on the night and only three singles after Hernandez’s leadoff double in the bottom of the first. Hedges struck out three times, including twice with runners in scoring position. The team went 1-for-8 with runners at second or third and left four men on base.
Gamel had a three-hit day from the top of the Brewers lineup. Hiura hit his tenth homer of the year and now has 24 runs batted in. Vogelbach, serving as the team’s designated hitter, had a pair of singles after coming into the game with just five hits on the year combined between his time in Seattle and Toronto. Urias had two hits out of the eight-spot for Milwaukee.
The Indians were without manager Terry Francona again as he recovers from surgery to help deal with a gastrointestinal issue and blood clots.
“The good news is he is feeling better,” team president Chris Antonetti shared with the media prior to the game. “He still is recovering, so it will still be a little while before he rejoins us, but I was real encouraged by the way he looked today and I know he said he’s feeling better, which is all great news.
“He has been through a lot and he’s in the middle of a recovery, so I still expect it will be some time before he rejoins us.”
The Brewers played without outfielder Avisail Garcia. Braun did not start while dealing with back issues. Hitting coach Andy Haines was ejected with Nottingham at the plate in the seventh inning, just ahead of the Milwaukee rally.
Game two of three from Progressive Field is scheduled for a 7:10 PM ET first pitch on Saturday night. The Indians will send right-hander Aaron Civale (3-4, 3-4, 3.72 ERA) to the mound, while the Brewers will call upon right-hander Brandon Woodruff (2-3, 3.67 ERA).
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