BrewCap: Minor Outduels Lyles in 1-0 Loss
Milwaukee Brewers knew that a sweep would not be easy for them on Sunday afternoon. They were going up against Mike Minor of the Texas Rangers who was an All-Star this season and a pitcher that Brewers had interest in before the MLB Trade Deadline. Minor has been tough all season and proved it again yesterday afternoon being the stopper for Texas. Milwaukee lost 1-0 on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. It was a tough way to go out for the Crew with a huge crowd in attendance as the Brewers lost their first game in their last six. With the Chicago Cubs winning yesterday, Milwaukee falls to 2.5 games back and a half-game out of the Wild Card after St. Louis’ miraculous win.
Player of the Game: Mike Minor – As mentioned, he was fantastic in this game. Minor allowed only two hits all game, and they came at the start and end of the game. He befuddled Brewers’ bats all game long. This didn’t surprise me. Minor is the type of pitcher that has given these Brewers fits all this season and last. A crafty lefty without overpowering stuff and a good breaking ball.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Lyles – Even though he did not win the game, Jordan Lyles was excellent again for Milwaukee. He deserved better than getting a loss in this one. Lyles pitched seven innings strong with only one run allowed in the final inning. Lyles struck out nine batters, allowed only three hits and had four walks. That’s a damn good start for him. He continues to be a solid option for the Brewers which is crazy to think about after how bad he was in his final two months for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Thing I Liked: Lyles gave the bullpen a breather – Milwaukee doesn’t have pitchers go past the sixth inning very often. That’s a Craig Counsell philosophy thing more than anything else. But when a pitcher can go deep in a game, it does give the bullpen some relief. Lyles going seven innings gives the relievers some rest paired with the two upcoming off days this week puts Milwaukee in a strong position moving forward this week.
The Thing I’m Worried About: Don’t go into an offensive slump – Sometimes, Milwaukee lets a tough game like this carry over to multiple games where they cannot seem to score runs. Milwaukee won a game on Saturday not scoring four or more runs which are rare for them. Until the late innings on Friday, Milwaukee did not have much offense. They cannot keep doing this where they wait around until the late innings. It’s been a concerning trend in the last few weeks.
Next up: Milwaukee gets today off then it’s Minnesota on Tuesday night. Twins come in town for two games. Chase Anderson will get the ball on Tuesday night. Anderson’s opponent hasn’t been decided by the Twins. Good news for Milwaukee is they will miss Jose Berrios and Jake Ordrizzi who both pitched the last two games. Minnesota has been up and down in the past few months and let the Indians find their way back into first place.