Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Brent Suter
- After five scoreless innings, the Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth against the Royals.
- Despite having a six-run cushion over the final three innings, under 8 bettors would end up with a losing ticket.
- After not scoring more than four runs over their previous 19 games, the Royals scored five in the seventh inning.
Well, the Royals and Brewers were locked in what initially appeared to be a low-scoring affair — and under (8) bettors, I’m sure, were giddy as the Brewers clung to a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning.
Milwaukee starter Brent Suter cruised up until that point, allowing just two hits and striking out six over his first six innings. But, things unraveled for Suter and the Brew Crew in the seventh inning. And, lo and behold, moose alerts started popping up all across Milwaukee County.
In coincidental (and ominous fashion), Mike “Moose” Moustakas would first get the Royals on the board, greeting Suter with a solo shot to start the seventh to tie the game at 1-apiece. “Hang me, bang me,” as the kids say.
And the Royals would only just be getting started.
With Suter seemingly out of gas, he loaded the bases with nobody out. Brewers’ skipper Craig Counsell had seen enough and turned to the bullpen to bail his boys out. Under backers had to feel good with the dominant Milwaukee relievers coming in against the worst offense in baseball.
However, despite having the fourth-lowest ERA among MLB bullpens (2.74), Milwaukee’s relievers would be performing no “Houdini” acts today. When the top of the seventh came to a conclusion, the Royals led 5-1 — putting the under in real jeopardy.
Here’s how the inning played out.
Yes, the same Royals team that hadn’t scored more than four runs in any of its previous 19 games would score five in an inning against the Milwaukee bullpen. With six runs now on the board — and two-and-a-half innings remaining — things officially got sweaty for under bettors.
That sweat did start to dry up, as neither team scored over the next four half-innings — and the Royals maintained their 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. Under bettors found themselves (once again) in a winning-position: just three outs away from the window with a run to spare.
The moose would get loose again, though.
Up 5-1, the Royals handed the ball over to Tim Hill for the non-save chance. Let’s just say, Tim didn’t have a stellar day at the office. After walking Eric Sogard, the first man he would face, Hill gave up a single to Manny Pina. That brought up the “game-moosing” run to the plate with no outs.
Well, you could probably see the writing on the wall, already.
On the next at-bat, Brad Miller put under backers out of their misery — crushing a three-run homer to cut the Brewers’ deficit to 5-4. And more importantly, putting the total runs scored at nine.
Of course, Brewers would yank Hill one batter too late. And after bringing in “new” (or, more operatively, current) closer Wily Peralta, the Royals didn’t allow any more damage and held on for the win.
Final score: 5-4 Royals. One run through the first six innings and eight over the last three. Tough pill to swallow — especially if you endured this one at your office, like a seasoned degenerate betting MLB totals during the workday. We’ve all been there.