BrewCap: Santana Saves Brewers From Sweep
Milwaukee Brewers looked in a bad spot on Sunday afternoon. They were getting dominated by Atlanta Braves pitcher Mark Foltynewicz who struck out everything in sight. That said, Matt Garza held things together for Brewers, and they mounted a comeback in the middle innings. All of which was led by Domingo Santana who delivered a big game with two home runs. Brewers avoided the sweep, and they’re now 13-13 to begin the year with one game out of first place. Any Brewer fan would take that.
Player of the Game: Domingo Santana (Brewers) – He played like the man today with two home runs and driving in all four of Brewers runs. When Brewers have been rolling this year, it’s not always the same guy. Some nights it’s Eric Thames, other nights it’s Shaw or Braun and this game it was Santana’s turn. This is the first multi-hit game for Brewers outfielder since April 13th, and what you really like to see is Santana hitting these balls to centerfield and right-center.
(Not) Player of the Game: Jonathan Villar (Brewers) – If you hoped things would get better for Villar after a hot start to the week, you were mistaken. I love how media-types are trying to say that Villar will get himself going again, and he’s seeing the ball more. I’m not sure if I’m down with that quite year. He only took eight pitches in four at-bats today. That tells me the patience is lacking, and at some point, Milwaukee might need to rethink their leadoff hitter.
Player of the Game: Josh Collmenter (Braves) – No one was really that good for Atlanta, but I want to say it’s amazing how many years Josh Collmenter has completely confused Brewers bats.
Positive: They battled back twice – Milwaukee jumped out to many leads this year. It’s a good thing. They’re playing with the lead more often than not, but at the same time, the team needs to learn how to comeback in baseball games too. That happened today as Brewers trailed twice in the game before holding on to after the second Santana dong. Even if it’s just one player feeling it, it’s all Milwaukee needed today to win.
Negative: Ryan Braun hurt – Apparently, Braun has a sore right trap. With no day off on Monday, Braun and Brewers take on St. Louis. My guess is Braun would miss tomorrow then return on Tuesday or Wednesday. i’m not ready to sound the alarm if Braun has a bad injury or not. We shall see what the medical team says tomorrow.
Next up: Brewers play another four games with St. Louis and this time it’s at Cardinals home park. We already know the struggles Milwaukee had with Birds in the last four years. We have Michael Wacha hitting the hill for Cards facing off against Zach Davies.