ARLINGTON, Texas — The Milwaukee Brewers concluded their “prove it” week on Sunday, back-to-back series away from home against teams harboring legitimate World Series aspirations. The first part of the week could not have gone any worse.
But, as many a wise person has said, it’s not how you start but how you finish, and the Brew Crew clinched a series sweep to end their nine-game road swing.
Adrian Houser struck out seven and allowed only one run in his five innings of work, outdueling future Hall-of-Famer Max Scherzer on the mound during the Brewers 6-2 victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers inside Globe Life Field on Sunday afternoon. Leadoff hitter Christian Yelich and No. 9 hitter Tyrone Taylor each had two hits, with both of Taylor’s knocks going for extra bases (double, triple).
Taylor was the standout of the Brewers’ production that it got from the bottom of the order, as No. 7 hitter Victor Caratini and eighth-place hitter Brice Turang each had a base hit and scored a run. Five of the six runs by Milwaukee were scored by the bottom of the order, as it set the table for Carlos Santana, Willy Adames and Rowdy Tellez, who each drove in a run from the middle of the order.
Milwaukee came into the Lone Star State off the heels of getting swept by the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, with Thursday’s finale featuring ace Corbin Burnes shutting out Los Angeles for seven innings while striking out nine but earning a no-decision in a 1-0 defeat. The Brewers scored three runs combined in the series against the Dodgers, a far cry from the series prior when Milwaukee swept the White Sox in Chicago, scoring 17 runs combined as it started the road trip with a sweep on the South Side.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Sunday afternoon’s game, with all photos taken by Dallas-area photographer Ross James. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 31 pictures in total.