BrewCap: One is the Friendliest Number
Sometimes, all it takes is one run. Milwaukee only needed one run to beat the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. Lorenzo Cain launching a home run in the third inning was the only offense for the Brewers as they defeat the Chicago Cubs, 1-0 and keep a lead in the National League Central division. Brewers maintained the best record in the National League, and the only team with 40 wins in the National League. Brewers proved to themselves, and the national media that they can compete with the Cubs all season long.
Player of the Game: Jhouyls Chacin – I feel like we’re looking at the best pitcher on the team. That’s a crazy thing to say but Chacin has been magnificent this year. He dominated the Cubs on Wednesday going six innings, four hits allowed and sevens strikeouts. He got into trouble with walks only in the fifth inning but worked his way around it. Chacin informed the media that he tried out a splitter yesterday versus lefties, and that’s the first time he’s ever thrown that pitch. Derek Johnson is the GOAT.
Silver Star: Lorenzo Cain – Obviously, Lo Cain is going to get this spot. He wraps up a phenomenal series being the only offense for this team on Wednesday with a home run. Cain had two hits in this game and took a walk. He continues to have a stellar season, and I believe he’s an All-Star. I realize that he probably will not get it, but he’s been so valuable to this team all season long.
Honorable Mention: Corey Knebel – If the Brewers All-Star closer is returning to form, look out. After a shaky outing on Monday, Knebel did the damn thing on Wednesday afternoon. He retired the side including two strikeouts. Knebel only needed 11 pitches, and nine of those were strikes. Brewers need him to keep pitching on a regular basis to avoid the rust. I realize that’s a hard thing to do, but it does seem to help him.
Next up: Milwaukee and Philly do it again starting on Friday. Brewers get another dose of Jake Arrieta who pitched okay in his start against Milwaukee last Saturday while Philly will have Brent Suter again. Usually when hitters see a pitcher again so close, it results in a lot of runs.