Pitcher Oliver Drake Balks, Resulting in Brewers Loss to Twins

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the game tied (4-4) the Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario appeared to be leading off of third, throwing off the Milwaukee pitcher Oliver Drake, resulting in a game losing balk


The first two innings for the Brewers started out boring with most of the guys striking out swinging, ending each inning pretty fast because of it. By the top of third Keon Broxton homers on a fly ball out to left field, which fired up the dugout enough to get hot at the bats. Travis Shaw singled a line drive right after, which aided Domingo Santana and Ryan Braun to score-putting Milwaukee at 3-0.

In the bottom of the third, Minnesota’s Jason Castro and Jorge Polanco both singled putting them on base. As Joe Mauer grounded out, following that John Castro scores and George Blanco advances to third in a steal, making the Brewers 3-1. In the top of the fourth Keon Broxton was once again adding runs and doubled a sharp line drive bringing in Orlando Arcia and putting another run on the board (Brewer 4-1).

Milwaukee was looking good until that agonizing moment when bottom of the fourth rolled around. Minnesota’s Byron Buxton and Ehire Adrianza singled a ground ball putting them both on bases, and thanks to bad pitching… the Brewers walk Jason Castro. If that doesn’t sting enough, Jorge Polanco doubles on the ground ball out to left field. This allows Minnesota’s Buxton and Adrianza to score, resulting in a score of MIL 4 –MIN 3.

In the bottom of the seventh Brewers Oliver Drake (RHP) walks Minnesota’s Eduardo Escobar, following that Eddie Rosario doubled on a sharp line drive, allowing Escobar to score and tying the game up MIL 4 – MIN 4.

And to finish it out the seventh Rosario Scores on a Balk (Error by Oliver Drake). The Brewers were unable to score the 8th and 9th resulting in a loss. WOW.


The umpire’s call in the seventh definitely could’ve been argued. Craig Counsell attempted to defend Drakes movement off the mound and then deciding to accept the call leading into the 8th, this was inevitably the reason for the Brewers loss.

Not sure where Thames and Braun have been lately, but the young guys definitely have made up for it once again. The Brewers take on the Twins again tonight at 7:10 CTL Time.

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