The back end of the Milwaukee Brewers 10 game, 11-day, 3 city road trip brought them to Minneapolis to battle the Twins. The Twins took all four games from the Brewers last season, but the new look Brew Crew, came into the weekend after taking series victories in Colorado and Arizona. All three teams the Brewers faced on the road trip made the playoffs in 2017 and with the Brewers eyes set on this October, they also looked to accomplish something a Brewers team had not done since 1996, sweep the Twins in Minnesota.
Friday, May 18th- Brewers 8, Twins 3
The Brewers opened the three-game set at Target Field with the news that Ryan Braun would be placed on the 10-day disabled list with a back injury. The roster opening made way for Ji-Man Choi to be recalled up from AAA Colorado Springs for his first appearance with the Brewers since Opening Day in San Diego. It did not take long for Choi to make his mark as in his first at-bat in the second inning he took Twins’ SP Kyle Gibson deep for a home run over the left-center field fence to put the Brewers on the board first.
The hits continued to come for the Brewers who racked up 15 total hits in the game which included two more home runs from Jesus Aguilar who has been on absolute tear and finished the night 3-4 from the plate with three RBI. Brent Suter started the game and got the win for the Brewers pitching an effective 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and only one run on five hits.
Saturday, May 19th- Brewers 5, Twins 4
The stage was set for Brewers young-in Freddy Peralta to make his second start and the follow up from his mesmerizing game on Mother’s Day which he struck out 13 and gave up only one hit in Colorado. While the control was off from the start and Peralta found himself in trouble early and often. Aguilar led the scoring with a sac fly that scored Lorenzo Cain in the first inning and follow it up with yet another home run to tie the game back up at 2-2 in the fourth. The lead would not last long however as Twins’ outfielder, Jake Cave, making his major league debut lined a two-run home run into the right field bleachers to give Minnesota a 4-2.
The Brewers answered quickly in the top of the fifth as Manny Pina doubled home Jonathan Villar and then scored with two outs on a wild pitch by Twins’ starting pitcher Fernando Romero. After two scoreless frames the final tally on the board for the night belonged to the Brewers in the form of a Christian Yelich 409-foot blast into the left field bleachers to put the Crew ahead for good.
Josh Hader finished it from there. After relieving Jeremy Jeffress to get Max Keppler to ground out to end the seventh inning Hader then worked his magic to finish the ballgame. Hader struck out the side in order in the eighth and then after giving up a leadoff walk to start the ninth then proceeded to strike out the side, leaving Byron Buxton stranded at first and giving the Brewers the series’ clinching victory.
Sunday, May 20th- Twins 3, Brewers 1
Former Brewers prospect Jake Odorizzi, who was dealt to Kansas City in the Zack Greinke traded shut down the Brewers. Aguilar hit his 4th home run of the series, a solo shot to tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning but that was all the Brewers offense could muster. Twins first baseman Logan Morrison hit a two-run double off the top of the right field wall to give the Twins the deciding 3-1 advantage. Boone Logan walked the three of the first four batters to start the inning, which never bodes well. While the Brewers bats succumbed to 17 strikeouts and didn’t’ give their pitching staff any help in the Sunday loss as the team looked forward to their upcoming 10 game home stand at the friendly confines of Miller Park.
- The 7-3 mark on the road trip was the best 10+ game road trip record was tied for the third best in team history behind an 11-1 trip in 1973 and an 8-2 mark in 1988.
- Milwaukee will host the Twins for a three-game set July 2-4th.
- Following the six-strikeout performance by Josh Hader on Saturday, he now has 56 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.
- Jesus Aguilar finished the series going 6-11 from the plate with 4 HR and 6 RBI to raise his season stat line to .333 BA, 7 HR and 20 RBI.