BrewCap: Brewers Win Another Weird One in Pittsburgh
Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates seemingly always play weird games. I’m not entirely sure how this happens with these two teams but things get weird especially in the City of Pittsburgh. Last night got weird again late in the game. Milwaukee led 3-2 and they were banging on the door for a couple of insurance runs in the 8th inning. Milwaukee had the bases loaded with two outs when Travis Shaw appears to get picked off. Then due to Elias Diaz preventing Trent Grisham from going home, Brewers get an extra run. They needed that one badly as the Brewers gave up another one in the ninth. Milwaukee hung on for a 4-3 victory.
Player of the Game: Yasmani Grandal – Great night for Yaz as he tries to heat up after going through a recent slump. Grandal had two doubles that both provided two of the four runs for Milwaukee in the game. Grandal drove in the first run doubling home Ryan Braun on the first hit of the game for Milwaukee then he added another one later that set up the third run of the game. Grandal told reporters after the game that he figured something out with his right-handed swing.
Honorable Mention: Jake Faria – Is it Jake or Jacob? Either way, I liked how he pitched in this game. Faria had a roller coaster ride of two innings, but what guts for him. He comes in with Milwaukee only up by a run and pitches two scoreless innings. Faria struck out one batter and allowed two hits yet still, he did a good job keeping Pittsburgh at two runs. Faria could be a welcomed addition to the bullpen as the season goes on in the coming months.
The Thing I Liked: Milwaukee took advantage of a lesser team – One of the bigger issues with Milwaukee this season has been their inability to beat up on the bad teams in the National League. Brewers are doing a good job of it this week with their two wins versus Pittsburgh. Buccos are a bad baseball team at the moment and Milwaukee is doing their best job to take it to them even in weird circumstances. They’ve yet to trail in this series and will go for the sweep tomorrow.
Next Up: Drew Pomeranz will be the opener for the Milwaukee Brewers then they’ll go with the full bullpen game. Let’s hope the offense can provide some runs for the Crew, so, they’re not burning through everyone. I expect you’ll see all the favorites throughout the game. I’m sure this kind of game makes ESPN pleased. Pirates will trot out Trevor Williams. He’s been okay in his last couple of starts, and the numbers against the Brewers are pretty damn impressive. Might be a tough one for Milwaukee.