BrewCap: Brewers Can’t Keep Up With Bieber
Milwaukee Brewers missed out on a golden opportunity this weekend. They could have won two out of three against Cleveland rather easily. Milwaukee came back on Saturday and a had real shot to win the game in the ninth inning. Then, the Indians walked it off in the bottom of the ninth. That crushed me because Shane Bieber was on the mound Sunday. Bieber has been the best pitcher in baseball during this shortened season. He will likely be a Cy Young this year unless something crazy happens. Milwaukee still had their opportunities in this one but they ultimately fell 4-1.
Player of the Game: Shane Bieber – He only pitched five innings, but Bieber struck out 10 guys in those five innings of work. That means 10 of his 15 outs were strikeouts. Brewers haven’t run into a buzzsaw like Bieber in recent games. While the offense and strikeouts have been better, it did not seem like Milwaukee was ready for the Cleveland flamethrower. That will happen. I just think it’s magnified because of the shortened season.
Honorable Mention: Jace Peterson – A player that no one expected to have much of an impact had a good week with the Crew. Jace Peterson added two hits. He helps start the rally in the fifth inning where Milwaukee got their only run of the game. Brewers will keep him in the lineup if he keeps hitting. He can play everywhere similar to Eric Sogard with more of an outfield flair. While there are too many guys like this on the team, Peterson is doing well.
One inning that changed the game – The fifth inning was a real opportunity for Milwaukee. They started to get to Bieber a little bit and had their shot. The bases were loaded with one out and Keston Hiura up. Hiura has been one of the hottest hitters for Milwaukee over the past week and he struck out versus just putting a ball in the air to tie up the game. Christian Yelich also strikes out to end the inning. That was Milwaukee’s best shot the entire game.
Next up: Milwaukee gets the Labor Day holiday off and heads to Detroit for a two-gamer with the Tigers. Adrian Houser and Spencer Turnbull meet again. Last time, it was a slugfest and neither pitcher could get anything rolling. Houser needs to be better in the first inning.