BrewCap: Hader’s Horrific Second Half Continues
Milwaukee Brewers had a tough opponent coming to town in the Minnesota Twins. Even though Minnesota is not playing its best baseball, they’re one of the best teams of this season. They desperately needed wins in Milwaukee as their rival Cleveland continues to add W’s on a regular basis. Milwaukee trailed 4-1 in the seventh inning then they came back with a five-run inning to gain the lead. That lead did not last long as Josh Hader blew another save giving up a three-run home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the eighth. Brewers could not mount another comeback and dropped a game they could have had. St. Louis is now one and a half games up on the Brewers in the Wild Card race.
Player of the Game: Yasmani Grandal – Even though Milwaukee dropped this one, Yasmani finally got off the homer cold streak. He was as cold as Antonio Brown’s bare feet in cryotherapy. Grandal now has 20 home runs, and he tends to hit his home runs in bunches. If Grandal could get hot again for the Brewers, they’re a different team in the final six weeks of the season. Grandal’s homer was an awesome moment that will be forgotten in the grand scheme of things considering another bullpen loss.
The Thing I Didn’t Like: Start driving runs in, please – Milwaukee went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position before the seventh inning. Milwaukee could have easily won this game by multiple runs and Hader would not have been involved. Instead, they did not break out until the seventh inning just like they’ve done all second half. It’s extremely frustrating. Lorenzo Cain had four opportunities with runners in scoring position and came up empty in all four. That cannot happen with a guy like Cain.
The Other Thing I Didn’t Like: Josh Hader is a mess – What more can you say about Hader? We talked about it on this week’s Tapping The Keg podcast, and you should listen to it. Basically, Brewers will need to treat Hader with kid gloves for a couple of weeks. This is not a good time for Hader to be collapsing.
Next up: Milwaukee will go with Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday afternoon as he will start on four-day rest. Kyle Gibson goes for Minnesota, and he’s been struggling in the last month with an ERA of nearly five. Gonzalez is pitching well for the Brewers and will try to avoid Milwaukee losing their third straight game.