Don't look now, but the Milwaukee Brewers have found themselves on a five-game winning streak following their 6-1 win Tuesday over the Toronto Blue Jays at Miller Park.
A combination of Mike Fiers throwing another gem, Brewers offense hitting seven doubles as a team and defense making impressive plays in the field made it a fun night for all Brewers fans.
Fiers (3-1, 1.29 ERA) picked up his third consecutive win throwing seven innings allowing just two hits and one run while striking out six. "I wanted to be aggressive in the strike zone," Fiers said. "Every inning I wanted to make them swing the bat."
Fiers would allow his lone run in the second inning, then go on and retire the next 18 batters he faced.
"He came and did the same thing; he attacked the zone," said manager Ron Roenicke who was celebrating his 58th birthday. "This is a good fastball-hitting team, this is a good hitting team. He was able to locate that well and throw in enough breaking balls and change-ups to keep them off-balance."
The bullpen was shut down as well. After Fiers exited, the bullpen would retire the next six batters in a row to combine 24 consecutive batters retired by a Brewers pitcher.
Offensively, the Brewers got to Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ early and often. Carlos Gomez led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and would score on Jonathan Lucroy's first of two doubles on the night giving Milwaukee the early 1-0 lead. Then a few batters later Aramis Ramirez recoreded his first of two doubles scoring Lucroy making the score 2-0.
In the third inning, the Brewers made the score 4-0. Lucroy led off the inning with a double and would score when next batter Ryan Braun doubled to right field. Braun would then advance to third on a fly out by Ramirez and score when Khris Davis would hit a long towering flyball that was caught no the warning track for a sacrifice fly.
The final runs came in the fifth inning for Milwaukee. Ramirez ledoff the inning with his second double of the night. Davis was the next batter, and he would double to right scoring Ramirez making the score 5-0. The score was quickly 6-0 when Rickie Weeks joined the hit parade and singled home Davis on the very next pitch.
Lucroy, Ramirez and Davis each recorded two hits as Milwaukee finished with ten total.
Game two of the finale is Wednesday afternoon with a 1:10 first pitch. Jimmy Nelson gets the start for Milwaukee against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. After the game today, the Brewers will be off Thursday before the NL-Central Pittsburgh Pirates come into Miller Park for a weekend series.