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Brewers: Brandon Woodruff enjoys sterling debut in victory against Rays
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Brewers: Brandon Woodruff enjoys sterling debut in victory against Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Brandon Woodruff made up for lost time in his delayed debut.

Woodruff allowed seven hits in 6⅓ innings after finally taking a major league mound nearly two months after planned, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

“This is what every kid dreams of, and I’m glad that it happened this way my first time around,” Woodruff said.

Orlando Arcia homered and scored both runs on his 23rd birthday as the Brewers pulled within one-half game of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

Woodruff (1-0) had been slated to make his major league debut in St. Louis on June 13 but was scratched because of a tight hamstring.

After a stint on the disabled list he made three starts at Class AAA Colorado Springs, throwing a maximum of 69 pitches each time.

“When that happened in St. Louis I was pretty tore up about it,” he said, “but it was for sure worth the wait.”

The 24-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out six, throwing 97 pitches.

“What was so impressive to me was the composure that he handled the first two innings with,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “He wasn’t getting hit hard but it took him a while to get into the rhythm of the game and I thought he handled himself really well in those tough spots.”

Corey Knebel pitched the ninth inning for his 21st save, recording three of the game’s 25 strikeouts.

Arcia’s three hits included a triple off Rays starter Jake Faria in the third and his 10th home run of the season in the eighth. Eric Thames followed the triple with an RBI single.

The Rays left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings and put eight of their first 14 batters on base against Woodruff.

“He got into some jams early on, made some pitches and we couldn’t get that big hit for whatever reason,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

Tampa Bay’s most serious scoring threat came in the seventh inning, when Evan Longoria doubled off reliever Josh Hader with Corey Dickerson on first base. Dickerson was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw by Arcia.

“He was the offense tonight and he was the defense tonight, too,” Counsell said.

Faria (5-2) gave up one run on four hits while striking out nine batters in six innings.

Logan Morrison had three of Tampa Bay’s nine hits.

From the infirmary

Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson, who was placed on the disabled list June 29 with a left oblique strain, will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Milwaukee catcher Steven Vogt, sidelined since mid-July with a sprained left knee sustained in a collision at the plate, took his first batting practice session during his rehab. His next step will be to catch a batting practice session.

Up next

The Brewers will send Zach Davies (12-5, 4.42) out to face Alex Cobb (9-7, 3.89) in a battle of right-handers Saturday night.

Davies won five consecutive decisions before having the streak snapped Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Cobb won three straight decisions before giving up eight earned runs in three innings during the Rays’ 14-7 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday.


Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Thames dh 4 0 1 1 0 2 .249

Santana rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .278

Braun lf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .265

Shaw 3b 3 0 0 0 1 2 .288

Aguilar 1b 4 0 0 0 0 3 .278

Perez 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .268

Pina c 3 0 0 0 0 2 .295

Broxton cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .220

Arcia ss 3 2 3 1 0 0 .282

Totals 31 2 5 2 2 13

Tampa Bay AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Dickerson lf 4 0 0 0 1 3 .301

Duda 1b 4 0 1 0 1 2 .250

Longoria 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .273

Morrison dh 4 0 3 0 0 0 .254

Souza Jr. rf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .270

Miller 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .194

Plouffe ph-2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211

Ramos c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .188

Smith cf 4 0 2 0 0 1 .292

Robertson ss 4 0 1 0 0 2 .224

Totals 34 0 9 0 3 11

Milwaukee 001 000 010 — 2 5 1

Tampa Bay 000 000 000 — 0 9 0

E — Shaw (6). LOB — Milwaukee 4, Tampa Bay 11. 2B — Longoria (29). 3B — Arcia (2). HR — Arcia (10), off Romo. RBIs — Thames (47), Arcia (37). CS — Souza Jr. (3).

DP — Tampa Bay 1.

Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Woodruff, W, 1-0 61/3 7 0 0 2 6 0.00

Hader, H, 3 11/3 1 0 0 1 2 0.84

Swarzak, H, 14 1/3 0 0 0 0 0 2.22

Knebel, S, 21-26 1 1 0 0 0 3 1.58

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Faria, L, 5-2 6 4 1 1 2 9 2.81

Romo 2 1 1 1 0 1 5.81

Alvarado 1 0 0 0 0 3 5.59

HBP — Swarzak (Plouffe).

T — 3:04. Att. — 21,164.

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