BrewCap: Brewers Pitching Hurts Team Yet Again
Last year, the Milwaukee Brewers were known for their pitching staff. They had a strong bullpen, good rotation and it carried them at certain points of the season. This year, it does not seem to be that way. Brewers pitching staff struggles again. Giving up double-digit runs for the third time in 12 games leading to another loss, 11-8 versus the Los Angeles Angels. This is the first series of the year that the Brewers will lose as they apparently ran into a buzzsaw of a baseball team.
Player of the Game: Tommy La Stella – I mean, what the fuck, man? Tommy La Stella was a utility infielder for the Chicago Cubs for the last couple of years. Brewers saw him every now and again, but he never did any real damage. Tonight was different. La Stella socked two home runs including a three-run shot in the first inning off Freddy Peralta. He has now hit three home runs in two games against the Crew.
Honorable Mention: Yasmani Grandal – What a game from the Yasmanian Devil. He slugged two home runs and is seeing the ball really well for Milwaukee in the past week or so. In his last 30 at-bats, Grandal has 21 hits. He had three more hits tonight and his average is up to .364. With the struggles of Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw, Yasmani deserves to be up towards the top of the lineup.
Thing I liked: 6-0 deficit did not equal a white flag – Part of me can be okay with a Brewers loss when they fought back a little bit. Without question, this Brewers team fought in this game. They were down six runs in the early stages of this game and came all the way back to take the lead at one point, 7-6. This game played like Coors Field and ultimately, Los Angeles nailed the final punch.
Thing I didn’t like: Freddy’s rough first – Man, what do we have to do for Freddy Peralta and the first inning? Does he need to do yoga before the game? What about a shot of booze? How can we make it so Peralta settles his ass down. Because after the first inning, he did settle down for two innings before a rough fourth. These are the growing pains that the Crew has to deal with sadly.
Highlight of the Night: Yasmani goes Yabo
NEW BALL GAME!
Yasmani Grandal launches a two-run home run 💥
— FOX Sports Wisconsin (@fswisconsin) April 10, 2019
Next up: Brewers will try to avoid getting swept for the first time this season. The last time a team swept Milwaukee was in July of last year with that brutal five-gamer from Pittsburgh. Brewers send Brandon Woodruff to the hill who looks for a bounce back performance after his struggles versus Chicago while the Halos roll with Felix Pena. Pena has been up and down to start the year with a good home start then a rough road start. Typically, he struggles at home. The issue for him is keeping the ball in the yard as both sides of the plate are known to get to him.