BrewCap: Hiura Breaks Out Slump As Crew Sweeps
Milwaukee Brewers have not exactly been great against teams with sub .500 records this year. They’ve played down to their opponents time and again. One team where that hasn’t been the case is the Pittsburgh Pirates. Milwaukee has been great against Pittsburgh with a 12-4 record on the year against them. Brewers needed a bounce-back after being swept by the Chicago Cubs this weekend. They got just that. Brewers completed the sweep of the Pirates for the second time this season as they win 8-3. Brewers finish their road trip, 4-5 and tied for the second Wild Card.
Player of the Game: Keston Hiura – What a day for the Kestdaddy. He got it done with three hits including two home runs and got on base a fourth time when he got hit by Trevor Williams. This is a positive sign to see from Hiura. He went through a bit of a slump prior to this game going 3-for-30 without doing very much at the plate. Well, that changed on Wednesday night with two homers in his first-ever multi-homer game.
Honorable Mention: Junior Guerra – There are a few people who could get this award for yesterday’s game, but I am rolling with Guerra. He pitched two scoreless innings with the Brewers up by four runs in the fourth and fifth inning. These two teams are known for weird baseball games, and Guerra ensured that tonight would be pretty normal. He did a great job keeping the lead at four in those two innings. Even though he had a bad outing in Chicago and Oakland, his ERA is down nearly a run after the All-Star Break.
The Thing I Liked: Clutch hitting showed up for the Crew – Milwaukee is one of the worst teams with runners in scoring position. It has been a bugaboo all year for them. But last night, they did a great job with it. Ben Gamel immediately scored Ryan Braun in from third in the second inning after Braun hit a lead-off triple. Eric Thames came up clutch with two outs and runners on second and third driving in two runs and pushing the game out to a five-run lead.
The Thing I Liked: Brewers showed off a successful bullpen game – Now, I’m not saying this will work on a regular basis, but Craig Counsell has to think about again, right? No one really pitched bad in the game, and since the offense showed up, they were able to rest guys like Matt Albers, Alex Claudio, and Josh Hader. It will be interesting to see if Craig Counsell goes this route again.
Next up: Milwaukee takes the day off after a long road trip then Texas comes to town. Rangers are not a great road team losing five of their last eight on the road including a doubleheader yesterday from the Cleveland Indians. Rangers will send Koby Allard to the mound. This is his first start of 2019. Last year, he was not big-league ready. Maybe, it will be different this year. Gio Gonzalez will try to keep up his strong season. Rangers are pretty good versus lefties this season.