BrewCap: D’Backs Win Duel in the Desert
Milwaukee tried to win their third straight game and guarantee a .500 road trip on Tuesday night. That did not happen. Milwaukee fell 2-1 to the D’Backs in a good ole fashioned pitcher’s duel in Arizona. While Craig Counsell has been mostly good managing the bullpen, he went with Boone Logan over a rested Jeremy Jeffries in the middle of the 8th. I’m unsure on how that decision makes sense considering Corey Knebel could have closed the ninth. Brewers need to use their best players in high leverage situations and going with Logan over Jeffries is a bad move.
Player of the Game: Jhouyls Chacin – What an outing for Jhouyls Chacin who continues to look like a different pitcher than the one who pitched for San Diego. Chacin had troubles with left-handers and could not pitch on the road. That’s changed with Milwaukee. Chacin delivers a strong seven innings of work striking out seven batters with putting only two men on base. He was terrific.
Silver Star: Travis Shaw – The only Brewers batter who scored a run as Shaw and Christian Yelich both had doubles in the fourth inning. That was all she wrote from an offense perspective. Shaw is still struggling a bit at the plate, but he’s driving in runners when asked upon. That’s an encouraging sign for the Brewers moving forward but you want to see the bat work better for him
Milwaukee finishes up their series with Arizona this afternoon. Brandon Woodruff will try to recover from a bad outing in Colorado on Friday. Woodruff needs a good start with the uncertainty of who gets Wade Miley’s spot in the rotation – Brent Suter, Woodruff or Freddy Peralta. Arizona sends Matt Koch to the mound who does not look like he would be a solid pitcher, yet, he’s been excellent thus far in his first three starts as a Diamondbacs.