BrewCap: Bats So Hot Tommy Milone Can’t Stop Em
Milwaukee Brewers haven’t been over .500 in two years. They never reached the mark in 2015, and they didn’t either in 2016. In 2017, Brewers are over .500 with their fourth straight win to get to 6-5. Even if this is the last time the team is above .500, it’s a little victory on the season. Milwaukee continued to swing the lumber as Brewers came back from being down 3-0 early to win this game in dominating fashion, 10-4.
Player of the Game (Brewers): Manny Pina – This guy keeps being a factor for Milwaukee. Pina finished with a 4-for-5 day at the plate with three runs driven in along with two run scored plus two doubles on his day. Pina is getting the day off this afternoon as Jett Bandy takes his place, but he’s hotter than pistol hitting .478 to begin the season. Impressive start for the journeyman.
(Not) Player of the Game (Brewers); Tommy Milone – He may have got the win, but Tommy Milone still pitched like complete trash. He’s going to get one more start against Chicago, but the end of the road should be there for him. He only pitches five innings allowing three runs with two runs coming off the home run ball and struck out three. My guess is Milone will get to start Wednesday then be back to the bullpen when Matt Garza returns.
Player of the Game (Reds): Zach Cosart: He continues to be a problem for Brewers as he hit one out early to give Cincinnati an early advantage. I’m surprised they haven’t moved him up in the lineup yet, he deserves it.
Positive: Bottom of the order strikes again – We talked about this on Thursday night’s game, but it bares repeating that the bottom or the order is starting some scoring rallies. Pina and Orlando Arica are finding a groove at the seventh and eighth spot respectively. It also helps when pinch hitters, Jesus Aguliar and Nick Franklin, produce three runs for the team. Franklin’s triple was a killshot as Brewers were up by four, and he broke the game open.
Negative: Early troubles – Not to pile on Milone, but it makes it harder on Brewers bats to manufacture runs when they’re already trailing by three runs to begin the game. Not much to complain about from this game, but that’s always a struggle for a team.
Next up: I whipped this out in like 15 minutes as Brewers are getting ready to take on Reds this afternoon. For some reason, I thought this was an evening affair. Zach Davies tries to find his stuff after two bad outings while Brandon Finnegan goes for Reds. He’s unpredictable as Finnegan can strike out a bunch, but he gives up hard-hit contact so we’ll see as he is a lefty which Milwaukee feasted on early this year.