BrewCap: Brewers Walk Away From Near Disaster
If the Brewers lost to the Mets on a night where they were able to best Noah Syndergaard, it would have been a disappointment. Brewers would have dropped two games and put themselves in a position where they need to take at least one over the weekend. Corey Knebel lost it after retiring the first two batters he faced and loaded the bases with walks. Thankfully, Jeremy Jeffress bailed the team out, and New York’s bullpen emulated Knebel in the walk department as A.J. Ramos walked the two batters he faced leading to Travis Shaw’s walkoff walk.
Player of the Game: Travis Shaw – No question about it, the Mayor of Ding Dong City gets the honors. He’s been on fire and continued on Friday night with his 13th home run of the season to start the scoring for Milwaukee. He also added a key single to drive in Christian Yelich early on in the game. Shaw had three of the four runs driven in last night for Milwaukee. He is third right now in homers behind Bryce Harper and Ozzie Albies.
Silver Star: Jeremy Jeffress – Again, he’s been the best pitcher on the team not named Josh Hader. Jeffress came into a bases loaded jam with two outs and got out of it with Amed Rosario grounding out to shortstop. Jeffress picked up his fourth win of the year, and he continues to have a sub 1 ERA. He’s been virtually unhittable for this team, and it’s been special to watch.
Honorable Mention: Christian Yelich – Pretty solid evening for Yelich who got on base twice, swiped a bag, drove in a run and scored a run. That’s the type of production you want from the top of the order. Yelich did just that for that team. He also added a key single in the 10th that put pressure on the Mets pitchers.
Next up -> Brewers play their first Saturday afternoon game at Miller Park. It’s a get right spot for the Brewers offense against lefties as Jason Vargas heads to the hill. Vargas has been woeful to start the season, and this could be a prime game for Ryan Braun, Jesus Aguilar and others to start feeling it again versus lefties. Brewers will send Chase Anderson to the mound who will try to emulate what he did on Monday night. Chase dominated this team at Citi Field earlier this season.