BrewCap: Pesky Brewers Offense Wins Fourth Straight
When you call a baseball team, ‘pesky’, what comes to mind? You think about that team who finds the holes in the gap and produces runs out of practically nowhere. It is one of those things where you look at the score and say ‘How did these guys get five runs tonight?’ Milwaukee Brewers are a team who usually doesn’t get called pesky. They have power up and down their lineup that it is hard to consider them in this category. But on Monday versus Washington, they played this role coming back from early 2-0 to beat Max Schrezer and company, 5-3, winning their fourth straight game. Brewers have won six of their last eight.
Player of the Game: Ben Gamel – What a night for the Brewers fourth outfielder. Some people question Gamel, but he is the one player that defines the ‘pesky’ mindset. He had three hits including an RBI single in the eighth that was a major insurance run for the Brew Crew. Gamel also scored the first run of the game after getting a double off Max Schrezer. He stepped up tonight hitting leadoff as Lorenzo Cain took the day off due to a hand injury (Cain expected back tonight).
Honorable Mention: Orlando Arcia – A nice night at the plate for the Brewers shortstop who had three hits as well. Arcia added a double and two singles from the eighth spot in the order. He is having a much better start to the season than he did last year. Arcia has his average around .250 (.242 to be exact), and he is adding production from the bottom of the order. That is all you can ask for out of your eight hitter.
Thing I liked: Corbin Burnes is starting to find it – Maybe, this is an overreaction, but Corbin Burnes pitches another a strong outing of the bullpen. He pitched great on Saturday night against New York. He went nearly three innings, no homers and scattered a couple hits. Tonight, Brewers insert him for the sixth inning and he only allowed one hit with two strikeouts. Burnes will get there as a pitcher and the bounce back will happen this year.
Thing I didn’t like: Brewers should have blown out Washington – Milwaukee left 13 runners in scoring position on Monday night. That should have went a blowout with someone getting a big hit, but that did not happen. Almost the entire lineup had a chance to deliver a huge hit, and it never came through. Granted, Yasmani Grandal, Jesus Aguilar and others drove in a few runs, but still, this game could have been 9-3.
Highlight of the Night: Arica with the robbery.
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Next up: Brewers will try to make it five in a row. Adrian Houser will start for Milwaukee, but Freddy Peralta will also pitch in this one. What does this mean? Not sure yet. Houser could pitch two innings then Peralta until he struggles, or it could be three innings. We’ll have to wait and see with the Brewers. Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the hill. Strasburg has been much better on the road for his career. He has not pitched at Miller Park in the last three years.