BrewCap: The Return of Ryan Braun
Ryan Braun isn’t having the best 2018 season. He spent some time on the disabled list and moved down to fifth in the order. Braun hasn’t got on one of his patented hot streaks this season. People have been waiting for it and waiting for it yet it has not happen. Well, Friday be a sign of things changing for Braun in the near future. He had two home runs in a rout of Philadelphia winning 12-4 as the Brewers break their three-game losing streak in a big way. Great win for Milwaukee who would have surrendered first place had they lost on Friday.
Player of the Game: Ryan Braun – This is the obvious, right? We already talked about him, but Braun getting hot would be huge for Milwaukee’s success in the next couple of months. Braun heating up would make the Brewers order damn difficult 1 through 5 on most nights where there would not be an easy out in the order. YOU could argue that Milwaukee has a great 1-8 order when everybody is rolling. Braun seemed to be a missing piece of that group. Hopefully, this isn’t a flash in the pan.
Silver Star: Lorenzo Cain – He did what you want from a leadoff hitter. Cain had two hits and both of those hits drove in runs. Orlando Arcia set the table each time. Cain finished the game with two hits, one run scored, two RBIs. He was one of the many Brewers who had a great Friday night. Jesus Aguilar, Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Arcia all could have got this honor.
Honorable Mention: Jhouyls Chacin – It’s too bad that Chacin had a rough seventh inning. Craig Counsell let him hang out there a little longer than he needed to on Friday night. Chacin had six great innings though. He pitched well again for this Brewers team. It’s crazy to say but he’s the best pitcher on the staff right now. He kept his walk downs which is always a problem for him and struck out seven batters. He was strong.
Brewers get back at it at noon today versus Philadelphia. Might be a little tougher than Friday with Jake Arrieta going on the hill for Philadelphia. Arreita dazzled in the month of May, but he sucked on Sunday versus San Francisco. For his career, he’s dominated the Brewers, but Braun has pretty good career numbers against him.