The Brewers just got swept away by baseball’s worst team

The Oakland Athletics traveled to Milwaukee this weekend with the worst record in baseball.

They came out with a sweep, leaving behind only a beaten and humiliated Milwaukee Brewers team.

In a disconcerting third show of baseball in as many days, the Brewers fell, 8-6, to the lowly A’s, who looked anything but an emphatic weekend dismantling of a team that went first place.

The Brewers, however, no longer sit first, as a four-game losing streak has dropped them one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in NL Central, a division that someone must win even if no one seems to want to.

The score of the box: Athletics 8, Brewers 6

Christian Yelich’s solo home run in second and Owen Miller’s RBI double in third gave the Brewers something they hadn’t had all series – a lead – but that quickly disappeared when Freddy Peralta succumbed to his sworn enemy of the end, the home run ball.

Peralta allowed a first single in the top of the fourth to Ryan Noda, hit Ramon Laureano and then, on the 11th pitch of the bat, Seth Brown threw a fastball right for a three-run homer to put Oakland ahead.

The very next batter, Brent Rooker, homered a left-hander, scoring the ninth long ball dropped by Peralta in his last six starts.

Although Blake Perkins would take the Brewers within a run with a two-run single in the sixth, it might as well have marked the end of the day for Milwaukee, which has the third-fewest return wins in baseball this year. . .

A's designated hitter Brent Rooker circles after hitting a solo homer off Brewers starter Freddy Peralta in the fourth inning Sunday at American Family Field.

A’s designated hitter Brent Rooker circles after hitting a solo homer against Brewers starter Freddy Peralta in the fourth inning Sunday at American Family Field.

The team that was among the worst in baseball upon its return – only the Royals and Cardinals have fewer wins than the Brewers’ 10 – pulled off a solid late rally effort, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the sweep of the team that entered. the weekend on a 35-game winning streak all season and has the worst ERA in baseball.

The Brewers had no shortage of chances, generating 10 hits, walking six and reaching two hits per pitch.

Most of the traffic against Oakland starter JP Sears and the bullpen also came early in the innings; Milwaukee put the lead in four straight innings from third to sixth and had a one-out base runner in three more innings.

But they couldn’t do much with it until it was too late, going just 3 for 19 with runners on base and 2 for 10 with a man in goal-scoring position, until a rally on the ninth.

Sears went five innings allowing two runs, marking the 15th time in 19 tries that an opposing left-handed starting pitcher – excluding “openers” – went at least five innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs against the Brewers. Milwaukee has the worst OPS against lefties in the league at .634.

Trailing 5-3 in the eighth, a pair of walks by erratic Oakland reliever Shintaro Fujinami tied the run, but the Brewers squandered another scoring chance against – wait for it – another southpaw as Richard Lovelady came in and took Perkins and Tellez out, the latter flying to deep center.

The A’s scored Peter Strzelecki for three runs in the top of the ninth, which included a two-run brace by former Brewers prospect Esteury Ruiz, to extend the lead to five.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Milwaukee made Oakland sweat as five straight batters reached base, including three by walk against A’s closest, Trevor May. A base-laden walk from Victor Caratini brought a run and then Abraham Toro, representing the even run, scored two goals against Sam Long, who had just entered the game.

But Blake Perkins moved smoothly to third, where former Brewer Jace Peterson made a nice charging and pitching play to register the half-step takedown to send Milwaukee into a dark clubhouse.

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