26 runs and 26 hits in 236 minutes. That’s how crazy the game went. But in the end, the Milwaukee Brewers, thanks to a six-run 8th inning, emerged victorious with a 14-12 victory over the Cleveland Indians. With this win, Milwaukee improved their record to 35-29 while Cleveland fell to 29-37.
Ryan Braun started the scoring with a two-run blast in the top of the first inning. However, in the latter half of that inning, Shin-Soo Choo answered with a two-run blast of his own. After a Prince Fielder RBI groundout, the Indians went on to score six unanswered runs to extend their lead to 8-3 after four innings; Victor Martinez hit his 11th home run of the year in the third inning.
Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder drove in the next three Milwaukee runs, and a Craig Counsell sacrifice fly cut the Cleveland lead to one heading into the bottom of the 6th inning. During that inning, Mark DeRosa blasted a solo shot to left field, and Travis Hafner seemed to put the game away when his three-run blast restored the Indians’ 5-run lead at 12-7.
The Brewers were able to get one run before the stretch when Corey Hart’s sacrifice fly scored Ryan Braun.
In the top of the 8th inning, things fell apart for the Indians. Another Ryan Braun RBI, this time, coming off an infield single, cut the Cleveland lead to 12-9. With the bases loaded, the Indians made a call to the bullpen and brought out Rafael Perez to face Prince Fielder. On Perez’s first pitch, Fielder blasted the ball to right-center field and into the seats; it was Fielder’s 16th home run of the season and his first career grand slam. Mat Gamel’s RBI single later in the inning would score Corey Hart and extend the Milwaukee lead to two at 14-12.
Trevor Hoffman recorded the last three outs of the game and earned his 16th save of the season.
Prince Fielder finished the night with a career high six RBIs as he helped the Brewers win for just the second time in their last eight games. Ryan Braun drove in five runs for the Brew Crew. Braun, Craig Counsell, and Casey McGehee went a combined 7-for-13, scoring ten of the 14 runs for Milwaukee.
Milwaukee’s Todd Coffey pitched 1.1 innings, striking out two Indians in the process. He earned his second win of the season.
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