GAME 35: It was one of those games that had an undercurrent of doom almost throughout, as New York mistakes provided the opening for a Milwaukee victory. Miller Park was packed with Brewer fans excited to welcome back CC Sabathia, their 2008 conquering hero. The goodwill ended the moment the Brewers came to bat, as Carlos Gomez launched an absolute tape-measure rocket that would still be going if it didn’t slam into the windows of the third deck restaurant seating.
The frustrating loss boiled down to Sabathia’s trouble with the home run ball. A untimely Brendan Ryan error on an easy ground ball. Carlos Beltran‘s late game misplay of a drive to deep right, combined with an Alfredo Aceves balk in the decisive 7th inning.
After Gomez’ blast in the first, Sabathia allowed back to back bombs in the third. A two run shot by Jonathan Lucroy, and a solo blast to Aramis Ramirez. Both no-doubters resulting in a 4-2 Brewer lead.
Mark Teixeira led off the 6th with an opposite field blast to left, and in the 7th Alfonso Soriano singled in Kelly Johnson, tying the game a 4. Milwaukee took it right back in the bottom of the inning, as Beltan’s misjudgment of a high liner to right allowed Jean Segura to reach second. He moved to third on a Aceves balk. Next batter Ricky Weeks promptly singled down the third base line against a drawn in Kelly Johnson, who was expecting the bunt. 5-4 Brew Crew.
The Milwaukee bullpen held the line from there, as relievers Will Smith and Fernando Rodriguez combined for a hitless 8th and 9th.
Here’s the box score and a recap.
GAMEDAY NOTES: David Phelps take the mound tomorrow against Matt Garza in the final game of the series … The Yankees now have sole possession of second place in the AL East, as Baltimore continues their hot play. Speaking of ‘crushing’, O’s first baseman Chris Davis is coming off the DL soon …