The Brewers could have taken sole possession of a playoff spot for the first time since August 6th, but a late grand slam by Avisail Garcia gave the Miami Marlins a 4-2 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday night.
Eric Lauer was spectacular on the mound. He pitched five innings, struck out nine Marlins, and didn’t give up a run or walk.
The Brewers got both of their runs in the second inning. Mike Brosseau hit an RBI single to right field that scored Christian Yelich from first base on an error by Avisail Garcia to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. Keston Hiura drove in Mike Brosseau with an RBI single to extend the Brewers lead to 2-0.
When Lauer exited, Peter Strzelecki pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Then Craig Counsell did something he hasn’t done all season…use Freddy Peralta out of the bullpen. Peralta pitched a perfect seventh inning. However, in the eighth inning, Peralta ran into trouble.
Miami loaded the bases for familiar face, Avisail Garcia. He proceeded to hit a grand slam to center field to give the Marlins a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning.
The Brewers went down in order in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jace Peterson walked in the ninth inning, but was stranded on first base. The Brewers lost 4-2.
The Brewers are a half game behind the Phillies for the final wild card spot in the National League with six games remaining.
They will host the Marlins in the second game of the four-game series on Friday night at 7:10pm at AmFam Field. Listen to the Realty Executives Baseball Postgame Show with Tim Allen immediately following the game.