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Tigers 10, Brewers 2: A forgettable afternoon for Milwaukee against a Cy Young candidate

DETROIT – The odds of a sweep being finalized Sunday at Comerica Park were stacked against the Milwaukee Brewers from the jump.

And although baseball doesn't always play out predictably, this time it went along the lines of conventional thinking.

Facing Detroit Tigers ace and American League Cy Young favorite Tarik Skubal, the Brewers were stymied on offense while starting pitcher Bryse Wilson got hit hard in a 10-2 loss in the series finale.

Wilson, who entered the day with a 2.76 earned run average as a starter, had his worst outing of the season, allowing seven earned runs over 4 ⅓ innings. The Brewers right-hander gave up a pair of runs in the first and was later responsible for five of the Tigers’ eight runs during a fifth-inning detonation, which was capped by Jake Rogers’ three-run home run.

"Gave up two in the first but honestly I feel like that's the best command I've had all season," Wilson said of his outing until the fifth. "That's just how the game goes. We'll learn from it and hopefully carry that command into the next one."

Wilson allowed six hits and two walks while hitting two batters.

On the other side, Skubal was a 102 mph fastball-wielding bastion of dominance.

Skubal allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out 10, walking two and forcing 17 swings and misses. He lowered his ERA to 1.92, which is third-best in the AL, and his 96 strikeouts now lead the league.

"I think his stuff was the best I've seen," Brewers manager Murphy said. "I mean, that was electric stuff with life. The changeup was hard to recognize, obviously. The fastball was really, really good."

It was Skubal’s seventh start of the year of at least six innings and no more than one earned run allowed. The Brewers have 12 as a team.

Milwaukee's runs came on a two-out extra-base hits, one via a triple from Brice Turang in the seventh and the other an Andruw Monasterio double in the ninth.

The Brewers have gone five games without a homer, tying their longest streak of the season.

Brewers manager Pat Murphy takes the ball from starting pitcher  Bryse Wilson, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings while giving up seven runs against the Tigers on Sunday.
Brewers manager Pat Murphy takes the ball from starting pitcher Bryse Wilson, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings while giving up seven runs against the Tigers on Sunday.

Third time through is not Bryse Wilson's friend

Opponents came into the day slashing .400/.471/.667 against Wilson the third time through the batting order. Sunday, the Tigers went single, flyout, hit by pitch, walk, single, walk to push the lead to 4-0 and end Wilson's day in the fifth inning.

"If you're Bryse, you can't walk people," Murphy said. "That's not his ticket to being an effective starter. The walks hurt. He doesn't have overpowering stuff."

It didn't get any better after Wilson left the game.

Hoby Milner relieved Wilson and immediately gave up a bloop two-run single to Zach McKinstry that pushed Detroit's lead to six. Andy Ibanez punched a single through the middle to bring in a run, then Jake Rogers followed with a three-run homer by connecting on a sweeper off the plate and sending it a couple rows deep to the right-field seats.

Tarik Skubal was cruising from the start

With a fastball ranging as high as 101.7 mph, Tigers lefty Tarik Skubal struck out six through four scoreless innings to start the game. The Brewers weren't without their chances, though. They put runners on first and second in both the second and fourth innings and hit line drives with two outs that found a glove.

In the second, Andruw Monasterio hit a liner right to Tigers third baseman Gio Urshela for the final out with men on first and second. Two innings later, Jackson Chourio worked a full count before smashing a line drive to Riley Greene, who made a lunging catch in left.

Between that lineout and a hard-hit single in the seventh, Chourio probably had Milwaukee's best at-bats against Skubal.

"Overall he's way more confident," Murphy said. "Hopefully that continues."

Tigers score twice on Bryse Wilson in first

A leadoff single on a hanging 1-2 curveball, a hit-by-pitch two batters later on an 0-2 count and a curious decision by second baseman Brice Turang burned Wilson in the first inning. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead when Greene doubled following the first two two-strike mistake pitches from Wilson.

Then with a runner at third and one out, Turang fielded an in-between squibber on the infield grass and rather than going to first base for the out he tried to catch the runner off of third base. His throw was late, the runner was safe and he scored on a sacrifice fly one batter later, which should have been the third out.

Brewers schedule

Brewers vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m. Monday: Milwaukee RHP Colin Rea vs. Toronto RHP Jose Berrios. Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

Brewers vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday: Milwaukee TBA vs. Toronto LHP Yusei Kikuchi. Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

Brewers vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday: Milwaukee RHP Tobias Myers vs. Toronto RHP Chris Bassitt. Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Tarik Skubal, Tigers dismantle Brewers 10-2 in series finale