BrewCap: Seventh is Heaven Again for Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers and the seventh inning are going together like peanut butter and jelly. A perfect combination. On Saturday afternoon, they scored seven runs in the seventh resulting in a blowout victory versus New York. Then on Sunday, they scored four runs in the the seventh frame to come back from trailing 6-4 against New York to win 8-6. On Monday, they did it again. Jonathan Villar delivered a dagger with a three-run homer, so, the Brewers could pull away for a victory, 8-3. Milwaukee continues to win as they’ve won seven of their last eight and an amazing 19 of their last 25.
Player of the Game: Ryan Braun – Don’t let Braunie get hot! Ryan Braun moved down to the fifth spot with Jesus Aguilar rolling in recent weeks to deliver a 3-for-3 game with an RBI and scored three times as well as getting on-base all four times he was at the plate. Braun moved his average up to .245 on the season. It’s the first time Braun had at least two hits in a game since April 26, and it’s only his second three hit game of the season. Braun had some nice swings over the weekend that were hit right at guys, but he still stung the ball to center and right. Hopefully, we’re ready to see Braun go on a tear.
Silver Star: Christian Yelich – Even though Braun had a breakout game, Christian Yelich added a ton of offense from the two hole yet again. Yelich had two hits including a home run and a stolen base. He scored three times like Braun. Yelich continues his hot streak through his last few games. It started on Saturday, and it’s carried over in the last couple of games. With this team, it seems like one guy gets hot right after another one just ended being on a heater. It’s great.
Honorable Mention: Jonathan Villar – He help bust the game wide open with one swing of the bat. If the Brewers can get Villar rolling from the right side of the plate, look out. This team becomes even better. Villar showed signs this year that he figured out his right-handed approach. He’s only .224 from that side with seven hits, but the opportunities haven’t been there yet. I’ll be interested to see if that changes for Johnny moving forward.
Next up: Zach Davies will try to bounce back after a tough start versus New York last Thursday. He hasn’t been very good this season, but this is the time of year where we start seeing it from the young pitcher. For his career, St. Louis gives him fits. They did last year, and they did it once already this year. Michael Wacha goes for St. Louis. He’s been very good this season with an ERA under three and not allowed more than two runs since April 12th. Last year, the Brewers did do a number on him through three stars, so, maybe, they can recapture that tonight.