BrewCap: Brewers Entirely Fall Apart After Grabbing Late Lead
Milwaukee Brewers looked like they had done it again. Brewers’ offense struggled in the first five innings to do much of anything against Derek Holland. Then Keston Hiura hit a homer in the sixth to tie the game at two. In the seventh, Milwaukee scored four runs which all started with Pittsburgh walking four straight batters. Milwaukee built a comfortable 6-2 cushion heading into the bottom of the seventh. Things unraveled from there as Brewers give up four of their own in the bottom of the seventh then two more in the following inning. This is a loss that you shake off in April usually, but in a 60-game season, this one will certainly sting.
Player of the Game: Keston Hiura – Good game from the Kest Daddy who socks his first home run of the season. Hiura had one hit today that drove in two runs then also added a sacrifice fly in the Brewers’ big seventh inning. Hopefully, this can be a spark for the Brewers’ second base. With Christian Yelich not hitting, they need someone to be the sparkplug and pick them up. Hiura can be that dude for the team. We’ll see if he can string together some back-to-back big games.
Honorable Mention: Phillip Evans – One of the Pirates’ names that I’m not too familiar with on the team, but he made a big impact last night. Brewers were trying to hold their lead at 6-5 as Corey Knebel stepped in, and that didn’t happen as Evans drove in the tying run with two out in the seventh inning. It was Evans’ only hit of the game, but a big one at that.
One Thing I Don’t Like: Brewers bullpen is a mess – During the radio broadcast, Jeff Levering mentioned that all of the NL Central bullpens had some real problems. I didn’t see that with the Brewers, but I do now. Craig Counsell got greedy with Brent Suter and that cost him dearly. Why the Brewers didn’t have someone ready and warming in the seventh is beyond me. Bobby Wahl joins Justin Grimm as guys who are not cut out for big moments.
Next up: Milwaukee finishes their road trip and their battle with Pittsburgh tonight. Don’t be surprised if there is more offense early on. Brandon Woodruff struggled at PNC Park last year against Pittsburgh and is not as good of a pitcher on the road. Joe Musgrove pitched worse at home last year and also did not fair well against the Crew. Milwaukee wins tonight, and a 3-3 road trip isn’t a bad thing at all.