May 25: Brewers (30-21) 7, Marlins (26-25) 1
The Milwaukee Brewers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back against the Miami Marlins as they put the finishing touches on a three-game series victory on the road. The Brew Crew took two of three and outscored the Fish 17-8.
Offense was a huge part of the win in the finale for the Brewers, but pitching was just a big as starter Jimmy Nelson held the Fish scoreless in his 5.2 innings. In fact, the Marlins didn’t score a single run until a meaningless solo home run in the ninth.
As far as the offense goes, Milwaukee got right to work in the top half of the inning, scoring three runs on four hits in the first five at-bats.
Jonathan Lucroy got the ball rolling as he followed a Ryan Braun double with a run-scoring two-bagger of his own. Carlos Gomez then singled him home on a sharp ball hit to left field. Rickie Weeks, the fifth batter of the inning, singled home Gomez with a line drive shot to left field.
The Brewers weren’t content with a 3-0 lead as they added another two runs in the second. Braun tripled in Jean Segura with one out before Lucroy added his second run-scoring double of the game – his 20th two-bagger of the year – on a soft base hit to right field.
The Brew Crew continued its streak of scoring runs in consecutive innings in the third when Martin Maldanado pushed the Milwaukee lead to six with an RBI single to center field.
Meanwhile, Nelson cruised on the mound. He didn’t get into any kind of trouble until a one-out, base-loaded situation in the fifth. He coughed up singles to Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis, and a walk to Christian Yelich. After a visit from his pitching coach, Nelson struck Derek Dietrich out looking and got power-hitter Giancarlo Stanton to pop out to second base to end the threat.
The Marlins got a pair of two-out singles off Nelson in the sixth, knocking the starter out of the game for reliever Rob Wooten. Wooten retired Mathis on two pitches to escape the inning with the 6-0 lead still intact.
In the eighth, the Brewers added their seventh and final run of the game on a Scooter Gennett RBI single to left field.
In the ninth, off of veteran Francisco Rodriguez, the Fish got their one and only run on a solo home run by Marcell Ozuna. Ozuna sent the third consecutive four-seam fastball offering from Rodriguez over the left-field wall.
Miami starter Randy Wolf struggled to find his confidence in the early going and suffered his first loss of the season in his five innings of work. The veteran lefty gave up nine hits, four earned runs and struck out only three.
Meanwhile, Nelson earned his first career win in his solid 5.2 innings of work. He gave up five hits, three walks and struck out six.
Braun highlighted the offensive attack behind Lucroy with a 4-for-5 game, scoring two runs and knocking in one.