by Jerry Feitelberg
AP photo: Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zach Davies pitches to the Oakland A’s in the first inning at Miller Park on Tuesday night
It was the Zach Davies and Chris Carter show Tuesday night in Milwaukee as the Brewers downed the A’s 5-4. The A’s received a strong performance from rookie Sean Manaea, but he gave up two big home runs to former A’s first baseman Chris Carter. Manaea pitched seven innings and allowed just six hits and five runs. Two of the hits were homers by Carter, and he drove in all five Milwaukee runs.The Brewer starter Davies, who is twenty-three and of slim build, no-hit the A’s for six and 2/3rds innings and won his fourth game of the year.
Chris Carter hit a two-run blast in the second and hit a three-run job in the sixth to cement the win. The A’s scored two in the top of the seventh to creep a little closer. Davies walked Jed Lowrie then Billy Butler, playing first, broke the spell with a blast to centerfield for the A’s first hit. Brewers skipper, Craig Counsell let Davies finish the inning, and he left the game to a standing ovation by the fans.
The A’s rallied to score two more in the ninth but Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress struck out Marcus Semien and retired Chris Coghlan to end the game. Final score 5-4 in favor Milwaukee.
Game notes- The A’s are now eight games under .500 and their record is 25-33. The Brewers are 27-31. Sean Manaea pitched well but took the loss. Manaea is now 2-4 for the year. Zach Davies won his fourth of the year. Ryan Braun notched his 1500th career hit, and he also received a standing ovation. Brewer Reliever Tyler Thornburg retired the A’s in order in the seventh and has now retired twenty-six straight batters in his last thirteen games.
The A’s and Brewers play the finale of the two-game set Wednesday night in Milwaukee. Jesse Hahn will go for Oakland, and Chris Anderson will pitch for the Brewers. Game time will be at 5:10 PM. The A’s are off on Thursday and then will travel to Cincinnati for a three-game set with the lowly Reds before returning home to face the Texas Rangers.