BrewCap: Shaw & Thames’ Two-Man Show Continues
St. Louis Cardinals came to town to face Milwaukee Brewers. These series are usually like pulling teeth for Brewers fans and the team. Cardinals had their number at Miller Park. Matt Carpenter’s home run was the 23rd straight game St. Louis hit a homer at Miller Park. No one told this to Travis Shaw or Eric Thames, the two newest Brewers who haven’t been made aware of how things usually go with Cardinals-Brewers. Both players homered leading to a 7-5 victory.
Player of the Game: Travis Shaw (3B) – THE MAYOR OF DING DONG CITY. Travis Shaw continues this hot streak with another home run. This is his third straight game with a homer and his fourth homer in five games. He is just as hot as Thames right now. He looks great at the plate. He had one week where we saw some drop off, and he’s back to mashing homers.
(Not) Player of the Game: Ryan Braun (OF)- Not a great day for Braun. He struck out three times in four at-bats tonight. That’s not common for Braun especially after he played so well in Chicago and Cincinnati. There’s nothing to be worried about though as Braun bounces back with the best of them.
Player of the Game: Jedd Gyorko (3B) – There are a few Cardinals who give Brewers headaches and Jed Gyorko is one of them. He had two doubles and a home run in this game as Brewers could not get him out. Gyorko continues to be a reliable bat in the Cards order hitting anywhere from second to sixth.
Positive: Jacob Barnes closed it out – We mentioned this yesterday about how Jacob Barnes could be a closer for this team. Neftali Feliz still has the job, but it’s good to know Brewers are on the same wavelengths as Barnes got the ball for the ninth tonight. He did with only walking one batter and striking out another
Negative: Zach Davies couldn’t hold a lead – The young Brewers pitcher got his first win of the year, but it didn’t look pretty. After getting a 3-0 lead, Davies gave up a three-run triple to Kolton Wong. He gave up the lead momentarily when Carpenter hit a solo shot only to have Thames bail him out.
Next up: Round two between St. Louis and Milwaukee takes place on Friday night. We have Adam Wainwright for St. Louis versus Wily Peralta for Brewers. Wainwright has been brutal to start the year giving up 26 hits to begin the year and runs all over the place yet he loves Miller Park. Four starts in the last three years with only four total runs allowed. Wily Peralta continues his hot start tomorrow against a beatable Cards offense.