BrewCap: Guerra’s Ghoulish Start Dooms Brewers
Junior Guerra has been a weak spot for the Milwaukee Brewers in the past six weeks or so. Guerra cannot seem to find his pitches like he did before his forearm injury. It’s clear there’s something wrong with him. Sure, the regression monster could be getting to him, but there could be something larger at play right now. Guerra started off very poorly, and it didn’t get much better. Guerra gave up four runs in the first inning, and he did not settle down in the second leading to Brewers going to the bullpen early on. Milwaukee scraped their way back, but it was not enough. Brewers lost 9-7 in a crushing loss to start a short road trip.
Player of the Game: Christian Yelich – Usually when we do the BrewCap’s, I tend to give the player of the game to the other team, but Christian Yelich did the damn thing again. He had two home runs with 5 RBis. Yelich is at 25 home runs, and we haven’t got to the month of September. There’s a chance that he could hit 35 home runs this season. That’s absolutely crazy. Yelich is one of the best batters against right-handers this season when it comes to power. He’s a superstar, folks.
Silver Star: Scooter Gennett – Yes, Scooter plays a role in beating the Brewers. I swear he’s going to do that for years and years. Scooter had three hits including a key triple in the seventh inning where he drove in two batters to increase Cincinnati’s lead to three. If Scooter did not come through, it could have been a tied game in the ninth inning.
Honorable Mention: Jose Peraza – Another guy who continues to torment the Brewers this season. Peraza led off the game with a two-run homer on Guerra making 2-0 in a manner of no time. Peraza added three more hits in the game and scored four times in the game. Peraza is part of the young Cincinnati core that they’re developing in the coming years.
Next up: Brewers will face Cincinnati for game number two where they have to win. I hate to keep saying these are must-wins, but this is part of the final five weeks of the season. Freddy Peralta goes for Milwaukee, and he was amazing versus Cincinnati last week. It’s hard to face a team in back-to-back starts, but you have to think Freddy wants redemption from his last start at this ballpark. Reds send Matt Harvey to mound which will make for some storylines especially if the Brewers struggle against him.