Frustrated Brewers blow lead, lose to Arizona 4-3
PHOENIX (AP) — For the Milwaukee Brewers, it was another disappointing loss in a most disappointing season.
And on top of their 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, the Brewers sent yet another player to the 15-day disabled list.
The Brewers blew a 3-1 lead, third baseman Taylor Green’s error clearing the way for the Diamondbacks’ tying and go-ahead runs in a three-run sixth inning that spoiled what had been a good outing for left-hander Randy Wolf.
“It is frustrating the way things have been going,” Wolf said. “Once we feel like we are playing better baseball and get some wins, but things just kind of happened. Obviously the frustration is going to be palpable.”
The Diamondbacks won the last two of the three-game series to take a series at home for the first time since a three-game sweep of San Francisco to start the season. Milwaukee, meanwhile, hasn’t won a series away from home since taking three of four from the Cubs in Chicago in the Brewers’ first road series of the season.
Aaron Hill went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles for Arizona. The Diamondbacks got two-out RBI singles from Jason Kubel, Ryan Roberts and Henry Blanco in the sixth to take a one-run lead. Paul Goldschmidt homered for Arizona.
“I hate to keep reverting back to last year. I think everybody’s kind of sick of that,” Arizona shortstop Willie Bloomquist said, “but that was kind of the recipe we used last year an awful lot — kind of lackluster for the first five innings and then wake up for an inning and take the lead and shut them down seven-eight-nine. That was a fun win.”
Bryan Shaw (1-2) threw one pitch to induce a crucial inning-ending double play in the sixth to get the win. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson called it “the play of the game.”
Jose Veras (3-2) took the loss in a game that Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said “falls pretty high” on the scale of disappointment.
“I feel we should have won this ballgame,” Roenicke said. “We had chances to do it. If we pitched a little bit better, we get a hit, not even a hit, just a good at-bat and we win this ballgame.”
The injury-plagued Brewers will put infielder Travis Ishikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain and are expected to recall infielder Brooks Conrad from Triple-A Nashville.
“We are banged up but we still should win ballgames. That is what is disappointing,” Roenicke said. “It is hard when you are banged up but when you are still in games and do the little things that you should be doing, we are still winning ballgames.”
Ryan Braun, the NL’s reigning MVP, said last year’s Brewers won this type of game.
“We were really good last year in close games,” he said. “We were really good in close games late and that is the key to success. The opportunities are still there we are just not finding enough ways to get victories.”
Daniel Hudson allowed two runs on six hits in five innings in his return to the Arizona rotation. He hadn’t pitched since going on the disabled list April 21 with a right shoulder impingement.
Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez threw a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively, for Arizona, then J.J. Putz did the same in the ninth for his 11th save in 14 tries.
Veras gave up two hits and an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning in relief of Randy Wolf. Wolf, who held the Diamondbacks to one run through five innings, allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings to remain 0-2 in his last five starts.
Green doubled and scored in the fifth, then singled in a run in the sixth to put Milwauee up 3-1. But the third baseman’s fielding error in the bottom of the inning on Goldschmidt’s grounder down the third-base line cleared the way for Arizona’s tying and go-ahead runs.
Mike Zagursky relieved Hudson in the sixth and gave up three walks and Green’s RBI single while recording just one out. Shaw, though, came on with the bases loaded and got Nijer Morgan to ground sharply to Bloomquist. The shortstop threw home for a force out, then catcher Blanco relayed to first, as the fleet Morgan seemed to hesitate for a second, for the inning-ending double play.
Gibson said the Diamondbacks “caught Morgan looking over his shoulder.”
Hill doubled off the left-field wall to start the Arizona sixth, then stole third and scored on Kubel’s two-out single to end Wolf’s day. Goldschmidt reached on the error, then Roberts and Blanco followed with singles, the first hits allowed by Veras in five appearances.
Goldschmidt’s third home run of the season came with two outs in the fourth and put Arizona up 1-0. He hit Wolf’s 3-2 pitch off the wall far above the 407-foot sign in straightaway center field, traveling an estimated 471 feet for the longest Diamondbacks homer of the season.
Notes: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero missed his fifth straight game with a groin strain but could have played, Gibson said. … The Diamondbacks begin a six-game road trip with a Monday afternoon game in San Francisco, sending RHP Trevor Cahill (2-4, 3.74 ERA) against LHP Barry Zito (3-2, 3.53). The Brewers move to Los Angeles for a four-game series, Shaun Marcum (2-3, 3.93) going against the Dodgers’ Aaron Harang (3-2, 4.36).