BrewCap: Milwaukee Keeps Getting Fat on Arizona
Sometimes, it’s the right team at the right time. Case in point, the Arizona Diamondbacks for the Milwaukee Brewers. They’ve lost sevens straight games. They’ve lost 12 of their last 13 games. Wednesday will be the sixth time these two teams have played in the last two weeks. Now, the haters (And there are many) will say that ‘Brewers hot streak is due to who they’re playing.’ That’s bullshit. Let’s be done with that narrative. Arizona is still a good team who played above their head early on in the season. Brewers did notch a 1-0 victory getting their four shutout of the year.
Player of the Game: Corey Knebel – It’s good to see that Knebel could keep his cool when Angel Hernandez made that horrific call. Sure, he may have got rung if Counsell didn’t react like he did, but Knebel avoided it. He kept his composure to strike out Paul Goldschmidt and get the final out of the inning for the Brewers to hold on to a 1-0 victory. This is the second straight game for Knebel, and he’s starting to build momentum as the closer. Look out if he starts rolling like last year.
Silver Star: Manny Pina – In a 1-0 game, you have to look for other things than offense. You go to pitching and see not much, therefore, it’s the defense. Pina made two darts in the 7th and 9th inning to get runners out at second base. Both were crucial to keep runners off the base. Even though Arcia tag contributed to Pina’s first one, the spot-on throw created the pressure at the base.
Honorable Mention: Lorenzo Cain – Even though he had two hits, Cain made an amazing grab in centerfield to double-off Ketel Marte to end an inning. If Cain doesn’t make that catch, Josh Hader is staring down some real trouble with two runners on with one out. Instead, they get a double play and get out of the inning.
Next up: The series comes to a close with a house money game on Wednesday afternoon. Brewers struggled in these besides last week, so, we’ll see how it goes. Brent Suter tries to get another good start under his belt while Arizona sends Zach Godley to the mound who can stikeout batters with the best of em.