BrewCap: Broxton’s Revival Helps Beat Boston
In the beginning of May, many people questioned how long Keon Broxton could remain a starter on http://tappingthekegsports.com/?p=4510&preview=trueBrewers. He struggled in April and didn’t show much signs of improvement. But on the road trip his swing came back to life to be the dangerous hitter we saw at the end of last season before he broke his hand. Broxton carried that over having a big game in Milwaukee’s 11-7 victory over Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Player of the Game: Keon Broxton (Brewers) – Brewers centerfielder went 3-for-3 with four RBIs with a home run, triple and single being just a double short of the cycle. This is the second time in a week that Broxton almost reached that feat. He also stole a base delivering an a-plus stat line against Drew Pomeranz. If he’s hitting like this in Milwaukee’s sixth spot, look out.
(Not) Player of the Game: Jhan Marinez (Brewers) – Milwaukee is holding relievers accountable this season like they have in the past, and Jhan Marinez’s time in Milwaukee is just about done. The guy is adding nothing to the bullpen. He didn’t complete his inning giving up three hits and two runs along with walking a better. There’s nothing that says Marinez has things figured out.
Player of the Game: Mookie Betts (Red Sox) – Before this game started, I tried to figure out which Boston hitter would give the team the most trouble. The leader in the clubhouse is 2016 MVP Mookie Betts. He had a stellar debut at Miller Park with a 4-for-4 night with a home run and two doubles.
Positive: Came out strong once again – Milwaukee trailed 1-0 heading into bottom of the first thanks to a Betts home run. But that became a non-issue when Eric Thames and Broxton went yard plus Travis Shaw singled in Ryan Braun for an additional run in the first. They jumped all over Drew Pomeranz, and Milwaukee continues to be feared against left-handed pitching.
Negative: Must be smarter on the basepaths – I’m never going to shit on Brewers for their baserunning style. I love the aggression, but I do hope there are some brains being applied out there. Jonathan Villar got caught stealing twice tonight, Orlando Arcia had a similar fate. To make things worse for Villar, he was picked off as well. This can’t happen against a high-powered offense like Boston where you need all the runs to beat to them.
Next up: Same teams, same stadium with Chase Anderson taking on Kyle Kendrick. If you thought yesterday had runs, it could be a warm-up for tonight’s game. Kendrick got shelled his first time out by Baltimore, and he had an infamously bad start at Miller Park years ago. Chase Anderson has been good this year and pitches well at Miller Park yet you still worry about him facing Boston’s lineup.