BrewCap: Bullpen Has Case of Monday’s
The thing about the Milwaukee bullpen is it’s not good. They are the sore spot in what has been a great six weeks thus far. Milwaukee Brewers put together a b-squad lineup tonight, and the team nearly cobbled together a victory. Sadly, Milwaukee suffered their first walk-off loss of the year as Padres won a 2-run home run by Hunter Renfroe to win the game. Brewers three-game winning streak comes to an end on Monday.
Player of the Game (Brewers): Domingo Santana – Nice day for Santana with three hits and three runs batted in including the game-tying in the eighth inning. Santana carried the load for the JV team and did well at it. Santana getting hot would be a welcomed sight for Brewers.
(Not) Player of the Game (Brewers): Oliver Drake – We learned pretty quickly that Oliver Drake does not like to close games. Drake looked completely rattled out there, which we haven’t seen from him this season in mid-leverage situations. Hopefully, this doesn’t effect moving forward.
Player of the Game (Padres) – Luis Perdomo: Sometimes, DFS guys know what they are talking about with pitchers. Luis Perdomo was a pitcher they were all over to start the night, and it paid off as he went six strong striking out 10 batters with a couple of runs. Perdomo looks more and more like Padres ace on their subpar staff.
Positive: Another night, another fight – Yet again, this team battled back from a deficit. They were down three runs to begin the game and kept fighting hard. Jesus Aguliar added some big hits while Eric Sogard did his thing again in the 10th inning. Can’t say this team doesn’t have heart.
Negative: Craig Counsell’s bullpen work – We’ve seen this from Brewers managers in the past, but the move should have been for Neftali Feliz in the 10th. I know he’s been bad, but at least, he’s been there before instead of trotting out the doe-eyed Drake. Before he was out there, the pain already occured.
Next up: Same teams, same place, but hopefully, Brewers add their pieces back to the lineup. Jimmy Nelson heads to the hill for Milwaukee while Clayton Richard goes to hill for San Diego. Brewers have been pretty good against lefties this season.