BrewCap: Davies’ Shoulder Continues to Pose Problems
Zach Davies had another rough night on the mound. The Brewers pitcher went five innings, gave up five runs, walked three and struck out four batters. After the game, Davies said his shoulder didn’t feel right. The same shoulder he missed a month of action because of just a few weeks ago. It’s possible that Davies could be looking at another disabled list visit here soon. From his post-game interview, it didn’t sound like anything was right for him. Without Davies, the Brewers pitching staff is young and pretty inexperienced. Brandon Woodruff or Adrian Houser would likely assume the role as starter. Brewers lose for only the second time on this homestand, 6-1.
Player of the Game: Fernando Pena – What’s annoying about St. Louis is they seem to have a host of players who can beat you that aren’t their all-stars. The best players from last night’s game were Pena and Harrison Bader. Each had three hits, each scored two runs of the six runs. Pena gets the honor as he put the game on ice for the Cardinals. Milwaukee got a run back in the seventh to make 5-1 only to have Pena take Dan Jennings deep to bring the lead back to five runs. He’s been good in Yadier Molina’s absence hitting .266.
Silver Star: Michael Wacha – Even though Wacha did not pitch the best with four walks, he still confused Brewers bats. They did not get much off of him. Brewers got on base five times. Four of them were via the walk, and the other one was a hit by Hernan Perez. Wacha continues his hot pitching as he gives up less than three runs for another start. He looks like the player we saw a couple years ago, and with Carlos Martinez on the disabled list, he’s developed into an ace-like pitcher for the ball team.
Honorable mention: Jonathan Villar – It’s a good time to mention that the only player with an extra base hit came off the bench in Villar. Now, he had terrible numbers versus Wacha, so, I hope the Villar benching only had something to do with that because this guy should be out there almost every day. He’s playing that good of baseball right now. Don’t keep a hot bat on the bench.
Next up: Milwaukee host St. Louis for the finale of this series as the Brewers try to win their sixth straight series. Junior Guerra goes on the hill for Milwaukee. Guerra has been efficient this year but nothing special. St. Louis will bring young stud pitcher Alex Reyes to the hill. Reyes is a scary pitcher. He struck out 13 batters in his last rehab assignment including nine in a row at one point. This is his first start since Tommy John. It would behoove the Brewers to get to him early when the nerves are still there.