BrewCap: Garza Implodes as Crew Drops Third Straight
Milwaukee Brewers are officially on a losing streak. It figured the red-hot team would have a come down to earth moment. You hate to see it at home where they are now one game under .500 at the friendly confines of Miller Park. The starting pitcher is becoming an issue with another rough start, this time by Matt Garza who had been stellar prior to this outing. Garza gives up six runs and three home runs leading to Milwaukee’s third straight loss.
Player of the Game (Brewers): Wily Peralta – We’re doing all bullpen here, but another encouraging outing from Peralta. This is the second straight bullpen session where he just dealt out there. Peralta pitches two innings with 20 of 26 pitches being strikes and works around two hits for no runs. Good stuff from him. Hopefully, he’ll be a guy that Craig Counsell can use more often.
(Not) Player of the Game: Oliver Drake – At the time of Garza’s departure, Brewers weren’t dead in the water from a runs standpoint. There are runners on first and second with one out and bottom of the order up which Drake proceeds to walk Chis Coghlan and give up a grand slam to the light hitting Ryan Goins. That cannot happen. Inexcusable from Drake as he continues to struggle out there.
Player of the Game (Toronto): Ryan Goins – Tip your cap to the meek hitting shortshop who came through with the grand slam. That was the difference in this ballgame. If Drake gets these guys out, we’re talking about a different game. For as bad as Goins is as a hitter, he had a nice time in Milwaukee going 4-for-8 with five RBIs.
Positive: Brewers took a ton of pitches – I guess I like the patient approach from the team in this one although there isn’t much to really like from this one besides the Domingo Santana and Keon Broxton home runs. Most of the batters took 20 or more pitches leading to four Marcus Stroman walks.
Negative: Bad start or more to come for Garza – Here’s the question that Brewers fans should be asking themselves right now. Is this team about to hit a crossroad with Chase Anderson and Matt Garza where they are both bad, and there’s nothing the team can do about it? That’s a real chance. I’m more worried about it with Anderson than Garza just based off his last month.
Next up: Uh oh. Arizona Diamondbacks come to Miller Park. Not only are they good, but Arizona had mild success at Miller Park. Last year, they lost three of four, but they’re usually thorny for Brewers. Paul Goldschmidt has astronomical numbers against Crew for his career which is a scary thought considering he’s red hot.