BrewCap: Brewers Bounce Back From Early Deficit to Defeat Detroit
Milwaukee Brewers looked like the same old story on Wednesday night. Brewers trailed 4-0 early in this game similar to the score on Tuesday night. But instead of the Detroit Tigers blowing them out, Milwaukee came back with a vengeance. For the remainder of the game, Milwaukee outscored Detroit, 8-1. Thanks to a big home run by Keston Hiura, the Brewers sparked a rally winning this game 8-5. Milwaukee has won six of its last 10 games. It might be hard to believe that number, but it is true. Milwaukee still needs a long winning streak which they’ve lacked all year but things are pointed in the right direction.
Player of the Game: Eric Yardley – This could be given to the entire Brewers’ bullpen, but Yardley settled down the noise after a fast start by Detroit. Brewers trailed 5-3 at the time of Yardley’s appearance and when he left, it was 6-5 Brewers. Yardley pitched two scoreless innings allowing no hits and striking out three batters. Yardley is one of the big surprises from this season. He has a 1.80 ERA currently and been a big part of the Brewers’ bullpen success.
Honorable Mention: Keston Hiura – Even though Hiura struck out three times, he had the big hit when it mattered the most. Brewers trailed 4-0 and Hiura lit into one. Brewers haven’t had those big hits often with men on-base. Hiura seems to be the keeper of the home runs with multiple guys on-base. It helps when you hit behind Christian Yelich, and it is good to see Hiura pay that off. Hiura keeps pace with Christian Yelich by hitting his ninth homer of the year.
One thing to note: Adrian Houser, still an issue – Josh Lindblom appears to be either headed to the bullpen or something else per Craig Counsell yesterday. Adrian Houser continues to struggle out there. He had a rough start to the game that did not truly get better. There are two areas where Houser is having problems. He cannot seem to handle the first inning. And Houser is not throwing first-pitch strikes. He did not throw one in the 24 batters he faced yesterday.
Next up: Brewers get today off then they take on the Cleveland Indians for the weekend. It will be a tough series as the Indians have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball plus a good offense. Corbin Burnes goes for Milwaukee as he tries to follow up on his stellar three-hit 10 strikeout performance last week. Indians will send Carlos Carrasco to the mound. Carrasco struggled more at home this year than he has on the road, so, let’s hope that trend continues.