BrewCap: Bats Go Silent in Los Angeles
It is a tall task to ask any team to travel from the Upper Midwest to Los Angeles without a day off. Sure, Milwaukee played during the day which helps things but going back-to-back like that is tough. It showed with the Brewers falling to the Halos, 5-2, and letting Los Angels deliver the first blow in the series. Brewers struggled to get anything going offensively while their pitching did them zero favors as well. It is Milwaukee second lowest run total of the year, and the first time all season Milwaukee lost the first game of the series.
Player of the Game: Trevor Cahill – Solid outing from the Angels pitcher last night going six innings striking out eight batters and giving out only five hits. He did allow a coupe runs, but Cahill was tough on the Brew Crew. He is a notoriously good home pitcher for his career, and it continues this year with a strong outing at Los Angeles. Milwaukee had two small moments and that was it.
Silver Star: Mike Moustakas – One of the guys that was able to get to Cahill is Moose. He had a nice game going 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored. He is off to a slow start to the season from a contact perspective, but Moustakas has been rolling when it comes to home runs. This is his third of the year and his 150th of his career.
Thing I Didn’t Like: Way too many home runs to start the year – Brewers have surrendered 21 home runs to begin the 2019 season. We’ve only played eleven games thus far. For you math majors out there, that means Milwaukee is giving up 1.91 homers per night. Rough. Some of that is due to the offenses they’ve faced this season, and some is the young pitching. I’m not worried yet but it is not an encouraging start.
Thing I Didn’t Like: Travis Shaw is in a big-time slump – Travis Shaw struck out four times on Monday. He is 1-for-18 in recent games. Shaw needs a breather. He needs a couple days off to reset his brain. I know that Craig Counsell lets guys play through it, and if he does, maybe put Shaw down the order a bit? Or move him to DH for the evening.
Highlight of the Night: That Mike Trout character is pretty good at baseball
Next up: Milwaukee will send Freddy Peralta in Game 2 of the series. Peralta pitched like a monster last time out versus Cincinnati, and he will get a taste of the West Coast. The matchup with him and Mike Trout will be fun. Matt Harvey goes for the Angels. He was shelled in his last start, and Harvey did not pitch well versus Milwaukee last year as he gave up 16 runs in three starts.