Af­ter Braun plunked, Schoop’s slam lifts Brew­ers over SF Giants

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

MIL­WAU­KEE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop re­sponded to a tense sit­u­a­tion in the big­gest way pos­si­ble.

Schoop hit a grand slam af­ter Ryan Braun was hit by a pitch in the sixth in­ning, and Mil­wau­kee beat the San Fran­cisco Giants 6-3 on Sun­day, com­plet­ing a se­ries sweep and pre­serv­ing the Brew­ers’ lead in the NL wild­card race.

Mil­wau­kee moved within two games of the first-place Cubs in the NL Cen­tral head­ing into a three-game se­ries at Chicago.

In the sixth, Madi­son Bum­gar­ner hit Braun with his third of three con­sec­u­tive pitches inside to load the bases with two outs. Brew­ers play­ers came a cou­ple of steps out of the dugout, and man­ager Craig Coun­sell was ejected by plate um­pire Tom Hal­lion.

Schoop, who had struck out in his first-two

at-bats, then drove a 2-1 pitch from Bum­gar­ner (5-6) over the wall in left to make it 5-2. It was Schoop’s fourth homer since be­ing ac­quired from Bal­ti­more on July 31.

“I was a lit­tle bit mad, but I calmed my­self down a lit­tle bit, don’t let the mo­ment get me,” said Schoop, who had a slow start af­ter his trade to Mil­wau­kee but now has 10 RBIs in his last four games. “Just fo­cus, breathe and calm my­self down, so I could get a good pitch and put a good swing on it.”

Bum­gar­ner al­lowed a first-in­ning RBI dou­ble to Braun and then re­tired 15 straight be­fore a two-out walk to Chris­tian Yelich in the sixth. Je­sus Agu­liar sin­gled to left, bring­ing up Braun. Bum­gar­ner’s first pitch was high and inside, spin­ning Braun off the plate, and then he threw inside again, trig­ger­ing a stare-down be­tween bat­ter and pitcher. He then plunked Braun with his third pitch.

“I don’t know if he thought I was try­ing to throw at him or what,” Bum­gar­ner said. “The sec­ond pitch was right over the mid­dle of the plate but just up, too much. He looked at me. I don’t know what he is think­ing or not think­ing, but that didn’t have any kind ef­fect on what I’m try­ing to do out there.”

Mil­wau­kee re­mained 2½ games ahead of St. Louis for the top wild card spot. The Brew­ers, who play their next 15 games within the di­vi­sion, com­pleted a 5-1 home­s­tand, in­clud­ing tak­ing two of three from the Cubs.

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