National defeat Brewers 8-6, extend Brewers’ losing streak
June 12, 2022
On Saturday, the Washington Nationals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6, handing the Brewers their eighth straight loss. Juan Soto, Nelson Cruz, and Josh Bell blasted back-to-back-to-back home runs and led the Nationals to victory.
Milwaukee Brewers lost eight games in a row from Sept. 11-19, 2015. It was the longest skid in franchise history. The Milwaukee Brewers have been outscored 57-20 during their losing streak.
“We have to accept it for what it is right now and find a way to get past it,” Eric Lauer, Milwaukee starter, said. “We’re kind of sitting in a chaos cycle where we’re doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. It’s not something we can keep doing.”
Soto’s bases-loaded walk, Cruz’s two-run double, and Bell’s sacrifice fly gave the Nationals the lead in the third inning.
In the fifth inning, Washington blew the game wide open against Lauer (5-2). In his previous four starts, the left-hander had allowed just one home run in 22 innings. However, things went awry when he faced the Nationals’ lineup for the third time.
In the fifth, Lauer allowed eight runs with seven hits while striking two and walking four.
Washington took a 6-1 lead on Soto’s two-run shot to center, and Cruz added another two pitches later with a shot to the same spot. After that, Bell took a 3-1 lead over Lauer before poking a home run down the left-field line for Washington, which resulted in the team’s fifth victory in its last eight matches.
“I was just taking off my gear, and I saw the ball flying all over the place,” Soto explained. “The crowd was crazy, and I stood up on the (dugout) stairs to wait for Nellie. Then I came back down to keep pulling off my gear, and Josh hit another one. It was a great moment.”
It was the fifth three consecutive homers for the Nationals since they moved to Washington in 2005. It was also the first since Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, and Anthony Rendon went deep in succession in June 2019 at San Diego.
To win back-to-back starts for the first time since June 15-20 of last year, Patrick Corbin (3-8) allowed four runs in six-plus innings.
Lorenzo Cain’s RBI double in the seventh inning was all the Milwaukee Brewers could generate against Corbin after Christian Yelich led the game with the first-inning home run. To make it 8-4, Mark Mathias blasted his first major league home run. Luis Uría contributed a two-run homer off Tanner Rainey in the ninth inning.
Wong enters injured list, Thompson begins practice
Kolten Wong, second baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right calf strain retroactive to Wednesday. Wong is hitting .228 with five home runs and 17 runs batted in.
Mathias and right-handed pitcher Peter Strzelecki were brought up from Triple-A Nashville. At the same time, the Brewers sent right-handed pitcher Luke Barker to Triple-A. In three appearances, Barker was 0-0 and had an earned run average of 11.25.
Right-handed pitcher Mason Thompson, who currently pitches for the Nationals, has begun throwing live batting practice after suffering from a biceps strain. On April 9, Thompson participated in his most recent game.