Diamondbacks ride quick offensive flurry to victory over Milwaukee Brewers

Sep 2, 2022, 10:10 PM | Updated: 10:49 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker jogs in to score a run as he watches the flight of a double ...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker jogs in to score a run as he watches the flight of a double hit by teammate Emmanuel Rivera against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks rode a fifth-inning flurry to a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

If you blinked, you missed it. All the scoring, for both teams, came in the fifth inning.

The Brewers (69-62) had all the traffic on the basepaths early, but D-backs (63-68) starter Zach Davies worked out of trouble multiple times. However, after he allowed a two-out single to Willy Adames in the fifth, manager Torey Lovullo went to lefty Kyle Nelson.

Nelson struggled to find the zone. He walked Rowdy Tellez, Hunter Renfroe and Andrew McCutchen on 15 total pitches. The final ball to McCutchen plated Adames and gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead.

The final line for Davies was 4.2 innings, six hits, one earned run, one walk and five strikeouts. He earned a no-decision.

Milwaukee’s lead evaporated much quicker than it materialized. Christian Walker and Emmanuel Rivera (3-for-3 with an RBI) opened the bottom of the fifth with doubles, then Jake McCarthy lashed a single to center field. Three batters, three batted balls over 100 mph and D-backs took a 2-1 lead in the blink of an eye.

“He’s come in and slugged right away,” D-backs third baseman Josh Rojas told reporters of Rivera. “That was a great addition to this team. That was something we needed — we needed another power bat in the lineup.”

Brewers starter Eric Lauer pitched well. He faced the minimum through four innings and finished the night with two earned runs allowed in 6.2 innings. He lost it for a four-batter stretch and it was enough for him to pick up the loss.

Other than a seventh-inning threat that ended with Corbin Carroll stranding two in scoring position, that flurry was it for the Diamondbacks’ offensive threats.

There wasn’t a lot of excitement in this ballgame despite 15 combined hits between the teams. The Brewers had baserunners in every inning but the eighth where Joe Mantiply recorded two strikeouts and a soft groundout.

“Today was a strange game,” Brewers manager and former D-back Craig Counsell told reporters. “We got a bunch of base hits, bunch of singles, but didn’t really have a ton of guys in scoring position.”

Ian Kennedy shut the door in the ninth, notching his 10th save of the season. The D-backs bullpen was strong, going 4.1 innings, allowing three hits, three walks and seven strikeouts. However, after Nelson, the bullpen went four innings and allowed three hits, no walks and six strikeouts.

“It’s been a challenging test and I think we’re passing, we’re doing a good job,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told reporters. “We’re a good baseball team when we do things like we know how to do them.”


The D-backs look to secure the four-game series win on Saturday at 5:10 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Arizona will send out LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-13, 4.87 ERA) against Milwaukee RHP Corbin Burnes (9-6, 2.84 ERA), the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Joe Mantiply #35 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Mil...
Associated Press

Diamondbacks bullpen blows 2 late leads in extra-inning loss to Brewers

The D-backs bullpen blew a three-run lead in the 9th inning and a one-run lead in the 10th in Monday night's 6-5 loss to the Brewers.
1 day ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Stone Garrett hits a double against the San Francisco Giants during the eight...
Arizona Sports

Stone Garrett embraces competition for spot in Diamondbacks’ outfield

Stone Garrett is using the final week of the Diamondbacks' season to cement the notion that he belongs in Major League Baseball on a regular basis.
1 day ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake McCarthy slides home to score against the San Francisco Giants during th...
Associated Press

Diamondbacks bullpen blows lead in extras vs. Giants

David Villar hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give the Giants a 4-3 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
2 days ago
Emmanuel Rivera #15 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares for a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates ...
Alex Weiner

D-backs place Emmanuel Rivera on IL, select INF Jake Hager

The D-backs selected infielder Jake Hager Sunday from Triple-A Reno to replace Emmanuel Rivera on the roster. 
2 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Stone Garrett celebrates with Ketel Marte (4) after hitting a two-run home ru...
Jordan Leandre

ESPN’s Doolittle poses biggest offseason question for Arizona Diamondbacks

ESPN's Bradford Doolittle poses the biggest offseason question for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as the team builds on exciting end to 2022.
4 days ago
Emmanuel Rivera #15 of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on September 19, 2022 in Los Ange...
Jake Anderson

D-backs 3B Emmanuel Rivera out for season with small stable fracture in left wrist

D-backs 3B Emmanuel Rivera will miss the remainder of the season due to a small stable fracture in his left wrist, manager Torey Lovullo said.
3 days ago
Diamondbacks ride quick offensive flurry to victory over Milwaukee Brewers