Enough of losing to the Philadelphia Phillies.
That’s the attitude the Milwaukee Brewers took on Tuesday night at American Family Field and the result was a resounding 10-0 victory, the first time they have outmanaged the Phillies in six games this season.
The Brewers were swept away in a four-game streak at Philadelphia in May and were routed 12-0 in Game 1 of the series on Monday, but southpaw Eric Lauer never let the visitors take the air while throwing seven white sleeves. Lauer allowed four harmless singles and walked only one while recording five strikeouts.
With the triumph, the Brewers maintained an 11-game NL Central lead over Cincinnati, a 4-3 winner over the Chicago Cubs. The magic number for winning the division crown has dropped to 12.
THE SCORE OF THE BOX:Brewers 10, Phillies 0
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It was the second straight outing in a row of seven innings for Lauer, who allowed just three hits and one run in a 5-1 loss to San Francisco last time around. But his solid work goes much further back, averaging 2.01 (13 earned runs in 58 minutes) in his last 11 appearances.
“Tonight was something special,” said manager Craig Counsell. “I thought he had a perfect command of the game, complete hitting control, complete count control. He made a lot of shots tonight. It was a good start for Eric.
“He throws the ball well. I thought he was too powerful at times tonight. It was a very good start.”
The Brewers made hard contact against Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola in the first two innings with nothing to show. But that changed in the third set despite the fact that Lorenzo Cain was picked at first base by Nola after a single start.
Lauer also scored a single, his middle scorer defecting the diving shortstop glove Freddy Galvis. Kolten Wong then lined up a brace in the right corner of the pitch, moving Lauer to third.
Eduardo Escobar fell behind in Nola’s tally, 0-2, but went into battle mode, fouling four two-stroke shots in what became a nine-to-bat. On that ninth pitch, Escobar sliced a drive along the left-field line that went sideways into the stands for a basic two-point double.
“He was the batsman of the game, the batsman that I circled as the batsman of the game,” Counsell said. “Just stay in it. Escy knew he had to make contact. Nola made some good throws to get a lead in the scoring. Then Escy said, ‘I’m putting the ball in play.’ And he fought. to do it.
“You saw it. He didn’t do anything right with it. He just put a ball in play but he was rewarded for it.”
Christian Yelich called with a sharp ground shot down the middle for a single RBI, advancing to second when the pitch slipped through to catcher Rafael Marchan. Nola stopped the damage there by pulling Avisaíl García out on a short pitch and catching Omar Narváez watching the third strike from a pitch that was actually inside.
That would be all the Brewers would take away from Nola during his five-innings stint, but Lauer gave a pretty good three-point lead. He gave a first single to Ronald Torreyes in the third and Nola immobilized him with a down, but Lauer pulled JT Realmuto out for the second time to end that.
Bryce Harper walked in with one out for the Phillies in fourth, but next hitter Andrew McCutchen bounced back in a double play around the horn. Travis Jankowski beat for Nola with a down in the sixth and scored on the right side, but Lauer prompted Realmuto and Jean Segura to bounce off the strikeouts and it remained a 3-0 game.
The Brewers scored three points against Phillies reliever Ramon Rosso in the bottom of the sixth. The rally started with a strikeout from Luis Urías, who swung a step away from the plate that sailed to the safety net, allowing him to reach first base. Rowdy Tellez’s single on the right side put the runners in the corners.
With No.8 hitter Cain at home, Brewers manager Craig Counsell put Daniel Vogelbach in the circle on the bridge instead of Lauer and put Brent Suter in the bullpen. The Phillies didn’t fall for the ploy, leading Cain to charge the goals and prompting Counsell to stick with Lauer, who was throwing a two-hit shutout.
In the end, staying with Lauer went very well with Rosso walking him five lengths to force in a race. When Wong scored a two-run single on the right, the Brewers had a 6-0 lead and Rosso’s night was over.
“He was going to strike over there,” Counsell said. “I thought the way he pitched, he was the candidate to pass the seventh inning. He pitched so well, and he did.”
The Phillies put two men on goals in one set for the first time against Lauer in the seventh, with Harper starting with a single and Matt Vierling hitting a putout. But he escaped again and came out with seven white innings and only four singles allowed.
“It was really nice, especially after yesterday, to be able to jump on them a bit,” Lauer said. “That’s the cool thing about baseball. Every day is its own day and each field is its own field. You always have to pitch the next and you can’t look at the past for too long.”
The Brewers weren’t done doing damage, however. After Yelich scored to start the start of the seventh, García hit a goal far into the night, a shot that nearly bounced through the open panel on the left for a 423-foot blast that took the score to 8- 0.
The margin fell to 10-0 in the eighth when Cain opened a rally with a brace from Enyel De Los Santos, Escobar delivered one point with the choice of a defensive player and Yelich doubled in his second point of the game. . Yelich was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, increasing his batting average to .260, the highest since June 22.
“I think I feel better right now than at some points in the season,” said Yelich. “Having good hitters and hitting the balls well – they didn’t all fall; it seems a lot of people hit guys right in the chest – but it’s good to have better hitters and feeling like you have a little bit of control there instead of all the others (BS) that we were deploying there earlier in the season.
“I’m just plugging in, trying to contribute every night. Honestly, I don’t even know when I started doing better. It’s sort of the same. I’m just focusing on trying to help our team win. It’s easy to go out and compete like that every night and everything else takes care of itself. “
A way: 46-24