BrewCap: New Look Brewers Blow a Golden Opportunity
Brewers did not look the same as they did last Wednesday. Milwaukee does not have their center fielder, Lorenzo Cain. Or their designated hitter Ryan Braun who is on the IL with an infected finger. Many speculate that Braun is waiting out these 10 days and if things continue to worsen, he’ll opt out of the season like Cain. Milwaukee had a chance to win this game, and for the second game in the last three Milwaukee squandered that opportunity. Brewers fall to Chicago, 6-4 where White Sox continued to bash with the bats.
Player of the Game: Avisail Garcia – It is good to see Avi Garcia start to figure things out at the plate. Garcia had two hits out of four attempts and each of them drove in runs. Garcia’s first at-bat drove home Christian Yelich for Milwaukee’s first run of the game. Then Garcia lashed a two-run single to give Milwaukee the lead. He is hitting .300 on the young season. We haven’t seen the power yet, but Garcia does have that as well.
Honorable Mention: Corbin Burnes – Look, man, I know it shows that Corbin Burnes gave up a game-tying home run. That is true. He did. But Burnes was electric for 99.9 percent of the night. It was a bad pitch, but hear me out, Manny Pina should have let Jose Abreu walk to first. Or Craig Counsell should have gotten him. It is unknown whether Burnes is a starter or a reliever, but whatever he is, it appears he is back to the 2018 form. Burnes went nearly four innings allowing only three hits and striking out five. It’s too bad Abreau took him deep, or Burnes is the talk of the night.
One Thing To Remind Ourselves About: Hey, Craig Counsell still doesn’t use Josh Hader exactly right – The evergoing struggle about Josh Hader. I’ve probably bitched about this enough that I could be a member of The Real Housewives on Bravo. Hader should have come into the game in the eighth inning and tied the game. That is a ‘save’ situation in the new school way of thinking about. Hader could have saved that game. Counsell decided to keep out David Phelps and it led to a wild pitch scoring the winning run. Hader needs to be utilized more like this but it’s a battle that is long lost with Counsell.
Next up: Milwaukee and Chicago do round two of this dance before Milwaukee goes back to the road. Brandon Woodruff will take the hill for Milwaukee. He was stellar his last time out and looks to repeat that success. It will not be easy against this lineup. Chicago sends up Lucas Giolito who bounced back nicely in his second start. This should be a fun one at Miller Park.