BrewCap: Amazing Ninth Inning Rally Goes For Naught
Milwaukee Brewers were on the cusp of being no-hit. Kenta Maeda had a no-hitter going through eight innings. Then Eric Sogard got a hit. Minnesota Twins brought in Taylor Rogers to close the door. That didn’t happen. Milwaukee rallied back to tie the game at three in the ninth inning. It was an awesome moment for the Brewers, and with their three-game winning streak, a feeling of the tide was turning for the Crew. That did not occur. Rather, Jorge Polanco squeezed on through the infield to drive in the winning run in the 12th inning. If it’s not Bryon Buxton on third, I don’t think he scores.
Player of the Game: Kenta Maeda – Look, this was an awesome pitching performance. I cannot ignore that fact about Maeda. He went eight innings strong allowing one hit, one run, and struck out 12 batters. At one point, Maeda struck out eight straight Brewers batters. Typically, a team will see a pitcher in back-to-back weeks they need to have success the second time around. Not the Brewers. They stumbled against Maeda yet again. Andy Haines is robbing the Brewers blind. How did the team make no adjustments from start to start?
Honorable Mention: Eric Sogard – As noted, he broke up the no-hitter with a soft line drive to centerfield. Milwaukee needed that in a big way. I would rather lose in the 12th inning than get no-hit any day of the week. It shows grit and determination that the Brewers were able to comeback after getting their asses handed to them by Maeda the first eight innings of the game.
One thing to be happy about: Corbin Burnes did alright out there – Like Maeda, Burnes did not allow a hit through the first four innings. He gave up back-to-back doubles to Luis Arrarez and Miguel Sano scoring the first run of the game to start the fifth. But even that inning, Burnes didn’t fall apart. He was able to navigate the rough start to the inning by only allowing one run. He made it through five innings with 83 pitches. That’s a good sign.
Next up: Milwaukee and Minnesota get ready for round two tonight. Rich Hill and Brett Anderson get set to duel tonight. Anderson has been okay since starting for Milwaukee. He gets barely any run support out there but Anderson also cannot seem to finish five innings. Hill dazzled against the Brewers in 2018 when wit the Los Angeles Dodgers, but no one is on this team. We’ll see if Hill’s magic is still there tonight.