BrewCap Weekend: Brewers Go .500 on Tough Road Trip
Milwaukee Brewers did not have an easy road trip in the middle of May. They went to three cities, 10 games and 10 nights playing two division leaders and one battling for the top spot in the National League East. You can look at this road trip in two ways. One is the Brewers were .500 for the 10 games going 5-5, and that’s perfectly fine for a long road trip. The other could be they lost two series, and if the Saturday games go their way, it’s a very successful road trip. Brewers are 28-21 and 1.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs for first place. Let’s look back at the weekend against Atlanta.
Sunday: Brewers 3 Braves 2 (10 innings) – This is a solid win for the Crew. Brandon Woodruff dazzled yet again going a season-high eight innings and striking out six batters giving the Brewers’ bullpen some much needed time off. Woody made two mistakes to Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman but other than that, he did the damn thing on the mound. Cool for Keston Hiura to get his first big league home run. Ben Gamel is the difference maker despite struggling at the plate of late.
Saturday: Braves 4 Brewers 3 (10 innings) – Josh Hader does not give up many home runs to lefties, but Freeman is another kind of lefty. He took him yard in the 10th inning to beat the Crew. They battled back late after Alex Claudio gave up the tying home run to new Braves phenom Austin Riley. Brewers were a pathetic 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. They could have easily had this one but could not deliver the big hit. A theme that hurt them during certain points of last season.
Friday: Braves 12 Brewers 8 – This game looks like a slugfest but really, it was blowout disguised as a slugfest. Brewers got an ass kicking from the Braves, and mostly, it had to do with Corbin Burnes inability to locate his pitches. He gives up three home runs yet again as the game blows open for Atlanta. I’m not sure what the Brewers can do with Burnes at this point. He feels lost and needs to spend extended time in Triple-A.
Next up: Brewers head home for two games on Tuesday/Wednesday to play Cincinnati. Brewers have not played their division rival since the early part of the season where they notched a sweep. Brewers will send Gio Gonzalez to the hill to face Sonny Gray. This is an ironic start considering the Brewers were in hot pursuit of Gray last year to pair with pitching coach Derek Johnson. Cincinnati did that, and it’s not exactly paying off well.