BrewCap: Brewers Can’t Deliver Big Hit as Woodruff Struggles
After two days of strong offense from the Milwaukee Brewers, they could not make it three straight. Milwaukee had their opportunities too. Bill Schroder mentioned at the end of the broadcast how a team usually doesn’t bat five times when they’ve only scored one run. It speaks to Milwaukee’s inability to come up with the big hit that would start a rally. Brewers left eight guys in scoring position and that ultimately led to their 5-1 defeat by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Milwaukee will try to win the series tonight.
Player of the Game: Jedd Gyorko – Not much to talk about from the Brewers side of things in this one, but there were a couple of ‘standouts’ per se. Gyorko added two hits in this one and his average is up to .262 on the season. The brewers had some misses with their boom/bust guys they brought in, but Gyroko is not one of them. He is having a productive year for the Brewers. My only complaint with him is Gyorko is too short for first base.
Honorable Mention: J.P. Feyereisen – The River Falls product had a nice outing yesterday going two innings of scoreless ball with two strikeouts. This is only his third overall appearance with the Brewers. For the first time in those three, he did not give up a run. That’s a big plus and something to build off for next time out.
One thing I don’t like: Woodruff continues to have problems holding leads – One mental thing that Milwaukee’s starter Brandon Woodruff needs to work on is holding leads or keeping his composure after the Brewers scored a run. Countless times this year, Milwaukee will score then the half-inning after Woodruff gives up a run of his own. Yesterday was a good example. Brewers tie up the game at one in the bottom of the third inning. Then Josh Bell socks a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. Can’t have that.
Next up: Milwaukee and Pittsburgh will wrap up their four-game series at Miller Park tonight. Trevor Williams gets the ball for Pittsburgh. He got shellacked the last time out against the White Sox but is looking to rebound against a Brewers team he’s been alright against for his career. Milwaukee has not chosen their starter today. It could be Eric Lauer or another pitcher from the alternate site. Or another direction altogether. A Brent Suter-Freddy Peralta 1-2 game today sounds good to me.