Bunts, bunts, and more bunts! Plus Craig Counsell’s comments (about bunting) the highlights & analysis from Jerry Augustine in today’s version of Brewers Extra Innings w/ Matt Pauley!
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Luis Urías hit a drive that bounced over the wall and brought home Omar Narváez with the winning run in the 10th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Monday.
The Brewers won their fifth straight and snapped the Tigers’ three-game winning streak.
“He told me before the inning when we were going to the dugout,” Brewers shortstop Willy Adames said of Urías’ game-winning hit. “He said, I’m going to walk it off.′ I said, ‘I know you got it.’ It was amazing to watch it. It was even more because he told me that he was going to do it, so he had that confidence in himself.”
The Tigers were starting a six-game road trip after posting their first home sweep of the New York Yankees since 2000. Detroit fell to 4-1 in extra-inning games.
Both teams opened the 10th inning by bunting over their automatic runners to third, but only the Brewers capitalized.
“The runner-on-second, extra-inning rule brings excitement,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Everybody’s on their feet, immediately in scoring position. It brings back fundamentals. Both teams bunt, trying to score one run. They got (the runner home). We didn’t.”
After falling behind 1-2 in the count with one out, Urías fouled off two pitches before his drive off José Cisnero (0-2) hit the warning track in right-center and bounced over the wall. Urías’ first career walkoff hit was credited as a single.
“He was throwing heat, so I wasn’t trying to do too much,” Urías said. “I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit. I think it was kind of outside, but I’m glad that I stayed through it.”
The Tigers started the top of the 10th by having Willi Castro bunt Jake Rogers over to third, but Robbie Grossman and Harold Castro struck out looking to end the sixth consecutive scoreless appearance for Brad Boxberger (2-1).
Milwaukee trailed 1-0 until Adames hit a 3-2 pitch from Daniel Norris over the right-field wall with one out in the sixth. Detroit had taken the early lead on Jonathan Schoop’s two-out single in the sixth.
Adames is batting .324 (11 of 34) with two homers and nine RBIs in 10 games since the Brewers acquired him in a May 21 trade that sent relievers J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen to the Tampa Bay Rays. Adames hit .197 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 41 games with the Rays.
“I’m just playing the game the way that I always do it,” Adames said. “I’m just happy to see that we’re getting some results now and we’re winning a lot of games.”
The Tigers wasted no time responding. Baddoo led off the seventh by homering off reliever Trevor Richards, who also came over from Tampa Bay in the Adames trade. Richards has given up four runs in 4 2/3 innings since the Brewers acquired him.
Brewers starter Corbin Burnes struck out seven and allowed six hits, two walks and one run in six innings.
Tigers: C Grayson Greiner was called back from his rehabilitation assignment after experiencing soreness. Greiner has been on the injured list since May 12 with a left hamstring strain. “It’s not a significant step back, but it is a step back that will delay his process,” Hinch said.
Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain left the game with right hamstring discomfort after making a catch in the seventh. Manager Craig Counsell said Cain is heading to the injured list. The series of changes the Brewers made as a result included 1B Keston Hiura moving to left and making his first career outfield appearance. … Utilityman Tim Lopes and RHP Bobby Wahl were reinstated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Both were dealing with right oblique injuries.
Detroit optioned RHP Bryan Garcia to Triple-A Toledo and recalled RHP Rony García, who struck out two and walked one in three innings of hitless relief Monday.
Bryan Garcia has a 1-1 record with a 5.30 ERA and two saves this year after going 2-1 with a 1.66 ERA and four saves last season. He has walked 14 batters in 18 2/3 innings.
“We’ve got to get him right,” Hinch said. “He hasn’t quite looked in sync.”
The Tigers and Brewers complete their two-game series Tuesday night. The matchup of left-handers features Matthew Boyd (2-6, 3.43 ERA) for Detroit and Eric Lauer (1-1, 2.45) for Milwaukee.
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