MINNEAPOLIS -- Sunday was somewhat like Groundhog Day for the Brewers.
For each of the first eight innings, they had a hit. They had a baserunner on and the beginning of a rally. And each inning, Twins starter Mike Pelfrey would find a way to strand them. In the end, the Brewers had nothing to show for their eight hits,losing 2-0 to cap off their three-game series.
The Brewers scored 14 runs in the past two games against the Twins in two victories. But Sunday, they couldn't advance a runner from first base. Four times, the Brewers had a leadoff single and couldn't do anything with it.
Only one Brewers baserunner reached second the whole game. And the player who did that, Ryan Braun, did so without the help of his teammates.
Braun doubled with two outs in the sixth and advanced to third on a wild pitch. First baseman Adam Lind walked after him, giving the Brewers perhaps their best opportunity of the game.
"They're performing and they give you a chance," Counsell said of his bullpen.
With the bullpen holding the Twins scoreless and the Brewers having a runner on base every inning, they were always within in striking distance. But though they hung around, that didn't help them much against Pelfrey.
"It's his day today. When the guy [has] it like that, there's nothing you can do," Gomez said. "You just continue to try and make the situation happen, but he [threw] a great game today."
Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.