BrewCap: Braun & Brew Crew Come Back to Stun Pirates
Today was a rough day for baseball. Some felt baseball should not have been played today. I’m glad it did. Because even if the season gets altered yet again, we have this moment as Brewers fans. Yes, there is a lot of bad shit happening with baseball right now, but it is still okay to relish moments as fans, okay? Brewers stood down a 1-3 start trailing by four runs to Pittsburgh after a disastrous seventh inning. Milwaukee found a way to come back piecing together baserunners before Ryan Braun stepped to the dish with two on, two out. He drove in the winning single to tie the game for Milwaukee. Brewers would take care of business in extra innings and win 6-5.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 28, 2020
Player of the Game: Ryan Braun – The man is clutch. Say what you will about anything else, but how many big moments has Braun been a part of as a Milwaukee Brewers hitter? Braun has done at PNC Park multiple times, and today was no different. Braun lashed a double down the line to tie up this game. Brewers had zero offense for the last three of four days yet Braunie helps the Crew figure it out in the ninth.
Honorable Mention: Eric Sogard – Nerd power had the big hit in the 11th inning to give Milwaukee the lead and the win. A beautiful hit down the left-field line to score Brock Holt. I’m not the biggest Sogard guy, but it’s hard to argue with what he did tonight. He had two walks and a game-winning double in a game that he didn’t start. Sogard is much better at the bottom of the order though. That’s where he thrives, not the leadoff spot.
One Thing to Watch: David Phelps might be the real deal – Sports always lead to early overreactions, but sign me up for David Phelps. It’s crazy to see how bad the Cubs bullpen has been thus far, and they didn’t think to keep Phelps. Although I said the same thing watching Junior Guerra dominate in the eighth against San Diego. Phelps might become the set-up guy for Josh Hader, and I’m about it. Phelps did a great job navigating through the 10th and 11th with a runner on base.
One Thing To Not Worry About Yet – Christian Yelich’s slump: It appears the Bob Uecker joke might have been the reality. Yelich is hitting 1-for-18 to start the year. That is not great for Yeli. Who knows what the issue may be for him, but he is one of the best to do it, there is a hot streak waiting around the corner.
Next up: Milwaukee and Pittsburgh rub their eyes and get ready for another one at PNC Park. Josh Lindblom makes his Brewers debut as Pittsburgh sends Derek Holland to the hill. Brewers will get to see a lefty for the second straight game. Holland was bad last year against every team but the Brewers so we’ll see what happens.