Wild win over Phils nets Brewers .500 June
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers still have not played a month of winning baseball since June 2014, when an 18-10 month propelled them into July with 51 victories, tied for most in Major League Baseball.
The franchise's long slide since then has been well documented, but a wild, 4-3 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night offered something of a reprieve. By winning six of their final eight games of this June, the Brewers finished the month 14-14, snapping a streak of five consecutive losing months.
"We're not looking at the record," said Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, whose eighth-inning single kept alive the go-ahead rally. "We have to just look at every game and continue to play the way we've been playing, win the series and think that we're not going to have a negative record at the end of the year. That's how we're supposed to be play."
The Brewers' ERA for the month was 3.80, 16th of 30 teams. Their .693 OPS ranked 18th. For the season, the Brewers are 27th in ERA and 26th in OPS.
"We've been doing everything a little better," Gomez said. "We've been getting big hits in the key moment of the ballgame. And the starting pitchers, when they don't go far, the bullpen comes in and has been unbelievable."
Said catcher Jonathan Lucroy: "The thing is, we made mistakes tonight and guys picked each other up. That's what it's about."
The Phillies provided help. Catcher Carlos Ruiz's ill-timed timeout just as Gomez swung through an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning extended the frame for Gomez to single, and for Aramis Ramirez to follow with another single which tied the game. Gerardo Parra then walked and so did pinch-hitter Adam Lind, forcing home the winning run.
In the eighth inning, the Phillies' Darin Ruf grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, with Lind making a terrific scoop of Scooter Gennett's one-hop throw to complete the play. In the ninth, Lucroy's second throwing error of the night gave the Phillies two runners aboard with no outs, but Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez rebounded to retire three straight hitters for his 17th save.
Somewhat lost in the late-inning drama was that rookie right-hander Taylor Jungmann delivered a quality start, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings despite aiding the Phillies with a pair of hit batsmen that preceded run-scoring groundouts.
"I think we've played some good games. It's starting pitching," manager Craig Counsell said. "You get good starting pitching, we put ourselves in the game. I think that's a good formula with our bullpen."