Monday- Brewers 5, Cardinals 4
The Brewers finished their series against the Cardinals on Wednesday with a 3-2 win in the series finale. Overall, it was one of the uglier series you’ll see a team win during the season, but hey, a win is a win. The series started on Monday with Chacin matching up against Mikolas. Chacin had his third short start of the season, making it 4.2 innings with five hits, three runs, and three walks. The Cardinals will always be a tough match-up for Chacin as he relies on batters chasing his offspeed pitches, which the Cardinals rarely do.
The bats were able to get to Mikolas on Monday. Roughing him up for eight hits and four runs over 6.1 innings. The offense was led by Eric Sogard, Travis Shaw, and Orlando Arcia.
- Sogard 3-4, 2 doubles, 1 run
- Arcia 1-4, 1 double, 2 RBI
- Shaw 2-4, 1 double, 3 runs
The Brewers pulled out the win on Monday in the top of the 10th after the newest Cardinal made his 2018 debut. Greg Holland came in and walked four Brewers including the eventual game-winning run.
The Brewers middle relief carried the team through this game after Chacin’s short start. Jeffress, Hader, and Barnes were all lights out through their 3.1 innings with no hits and seven strikeouts between the three of them. The Achilles heel of this current bullpen is the 9th innings. After Knebel’s injury, there has been a lack of consistency with our fill-in closers. In less than one week of games, the Brewers have had blown saves from Barnes on Saturday, Albers on Monday, and Barnes on Tuesday.
Tuesday- Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
Tuesday night was one of the more frustrating games of the season with the Brewers having two blown saves in consecutive innings against the Cardinals. With a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the 9th, Jacob Barnes came in with a man on second base and proceeded to throw two wild pitches giving up the game-tying run to the Cardinals. In the 10th inning, the Brewers were able to get the lead back after Orlando Arcia came through in the clutch for the third time this season, hitting a go-ahead single. However, the lead was shortlived after J.J. Hoover entered the game in the bottom of the 10th for the save. Unfortunately, Hoover faired the same as Barnes blowing the save by giving up a game-tying RBI in the 10th to Greg Garcia. The Cardinals would go on to win the game in the bottom of the 11th inning after notorious Brewers killer Matt Carpenter hit a walk-off two-run home run.
The Brewers offense on Tuesday was lead by Eric Thames who once again starts April red hot. Thames clubbed his 4th home run of the season along with a double, a walk and an RBI. Villar continued his hitting ways to begin this season with two more hits of his own raising his batting average to .342 on the season.
Wednesday- Brewers 3, Cardinals 2
The Brewers played their first ever Facebook Watch game today, pulling out a 3-2 win and earning a series win taking their road record to 5-1 on the season. Junior Guerra came up from AAA to make his Brewers debut today pitching 5.1 innings giving up 4 hits and 1 ER. Guerra pitched well enough to get a quality start but didn’t make it through 6 innings. The offense was led by Perez and Thames with both going deep today. Perez hit his first of the year off Wainwright in the 2nd inning and Thames hit his 5th of the season and 2nd in as many games.
Braun continues to struggle at the plate this season, going 0-4 and dropping his average down to .167 on the season, a couple of days off could do Braun well with a tough series starting on Friday against the Mets in New York.
Dan Jennings, Josh Hader, and Matt Albers led the way of the Brewers bullpen today, combining for 3.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 run and 5 strike-outs keeping the Brewers in contention to get the win. It appears as if Albers is going to be the teams closer until Knebel is able to come off the DL, with Hader staying in his valuable long relief pitching in the middle innings.
*Featured image taken from Flickr, originally posted by Thomson20192