BrewCap: Moose’s Big Knock Wins It For Milwaukee
Milwaukee Brewers are getting used to playing extra-inning games. Last night marked the sixth extra-inning game that the Brewers have played in since game 24 of the year. Brewers and Houston went to extras where the hitting was hard to come by. Finally, in the 14th inning, Mike Moustakas breaks the tie with a two-run blast to right-center to put the Brewers on top, 5-3. They would add another run, and Adrian Houser shut the door on any comeback resulting in the Brewers taking it, 6-3. A great win for Milwaukee that they’ll remember for a long time. This is the type of victory that can propel long winning streaks.
Player of the Game: Mike Moustakas – If this guy isn’t an All-Star starter, we riot. He is so good. Moustakas is having an amazing season. Our boy Murph brought out the comparison that Christian Yelich and Moose are the best 1-2 combination since Braun and Fielder in 2011. While that’s high praise, it does feel a little bit like that, right? In 2011, it seemed like Braun would either end you or get on-base to have Fielder do his thing. That’s what has transpired a ton this season with both these guys.
Honorable Mention: Justin Verlander – Nine times out of 10, I’m not going to praise the opposition, but you have to give Justin Verlander some real love. He went seven innings with 15 strikeouts and only allowed three solo home runs. Verlander struck out each batter with a swinging strike. He made the Brewers look foolish on Wednesday night. He is such a good pitcher. Verlander showed why he is the Cy Young in the American League at this time.
The Thing I Liked: Adrian Houser could be something – I liked what Adrian Houser showed me on Wednesday night. Houser went through the meat of the Houston Astros batting order and handled his business. He did not have any issues with it. Houser jammed Alex Bregman with a runner on second in the 13th, and he got Yuli Gurriel and Michael Brantley to strike out. Both of those guys have a strikeout rate under eleven percent. He feels like this year’s Corbin Burnes, and I do wonder if he’ll get another chance to start.
The Thing I Didn’t LIke: Strikeout city, population Brewers – I’ve become accustomed to strikeouts in baseball, but 24 in a game is a little ridiculous, right? I know Verlander is good, and the Astros have a ton of pitching talent yet I can not excuse that many k’s. Hopefully, it doesn’t become contagious over the weekend.
The Highlight of the Night: Park Ranger! The Moose is loose.
"Here I come to save the day!"
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 13, 2019
Next up: Brewers take today off before heading to San Francisco for West Coast baseball for the next week or so. Zach Davies gets the ball for Milwaukee. A place like San Francisco is a perfect spot for him to pitch. He looks to win his eighth game of the year. Giants send Drew Pomeranz who was good in his last outing, but he has been a gas can all season.