BrewCap: Davies & Run Support Rides Again
In 2017, it’s understood by most people that win/loss records for pitchers really doesn’t matter. And if it were 1995, people might think more highly of Zach Davies. He’s won 12 games already this season, and that’s due in large part to getting some of the best run support in the league. They scored eight runs tonight for Davies, but he pitched at the top of his game sending a message to Washington.
Player of the Game: Zach Davies – A couple things here to like about Davies start on Tuesday night… He went nearly eight innings with no runs striking out seven batters. In the last two starts, Davies went 14.2 innings of scoreless baseball with 11 strikeouts. Tonight was much better with only three hits allowed. He also made one of the biggest plays of the game on the basepaths by sliding into second safely to score Orlando Arica with two outs and paved the way for Travis Shaw’s three-run home run.
Positive: The home run squad came back to play – After a week of no home runs, Brewers got it cooking on Tuesday night against Edwin Jackson. Shaw, Eric Thames and Manny Pina all hit home runs for Milwaukee tonight. Shaw might be the most expected since the guy is having himself a July. Thames found that sweet homer stroke again, and it’s easier when the pitcher hangs a pitch. Pina continues to be a nice surprise.
Positive: Brewers new lineup pays off nicely – Milwaukee trotted out a new lineup where Ryan Braun hit second, Shaw, Domingo Santana and Thames to follow the Brewers superstar. That’s a damn good order where power rules the roost. It will be interesting to see what Counsell goes with tomorrow night with Gio Gonzalez on the hill. My guess is Thames gets replaced with Jose Aguliar and they run back the same order, although I could see Braun heading back to the three spot.
Negative: Stop worrying about Cubs – I’m trying really hard, and I’ll probably do a longer blog post about this on Friday. But we need to come together as a fan base and stop measuring ourselves every game with Cubs. They won, we won, so what? I blame the national media.
Next up: Jimmy Nelson heads to hill to face the potent Nationals who were kept under wraps tonight while Gio Gonzalez heads to hill for Washington. Gio struggled his last start, but he’s been stellar this season. Ry