Brewers win the series against the Dbacks, 2-1I know, I know, baseball is a really long season, so its hard to look at games this time of year as “Big games,” but this Mid-May Brewers Diamondbacks series could tell us a decent amount about this Brewers team. The Brewers are heading into the series at 24-17, which is towards the top of the NL, but a lot of those wins are against garbage teams; Reds, Padres, Marlins, and Royals. 14-1 against those teams, leaving 10-16 against the rest of the field.
Let’s take a look how this series went.
Monday, May 14th
The series opener featured Junior Guerra verses Patrick Corbin in Arizona. The scoring began when Orlando Arcia doubled to center to bring in Manny Pina, and Jonathan Villar. But the Dbacks got the bats going to tie the game in the bottom of the 4th when Steve Souza Jr. doubled to left scoring Daniel Descalso, and shortstop Nick Ahmed hit a sac fly to center to score Paul Goldschmidt.
A little small ball from the Brewers in the 7th as Villar got on, Arica moved him over, and Yelich scored Villar right before Santana scored Arcia to make it 4-2.
The Josh Hader show came on from the 6th to the 8th, 2.0 innings of shutout ball, striking out a measly, for him, 2 batters. Villar smacked one over the fence in the 9th, then newly moved up Tyler Saladino hit an inside the park homerun scoring Yelich, as Dbacks centerfielder A.J. Pollock injured his thumb on a diving attempt allowing him to touch ‘em all.
This is how the game would end, 7-2 Brewers, Guerra gets the win going 6 innings with 3 hits and 2 runs.
Tuesday, May 15th
Game 2 of the series featured former Brewer Zack Greinke against Jhoulys Chacin, and both pitchers had great games. Chacin went 7 innings of 2 hit, 1 run ball, allowing his only run on a double play ball after he got in a little trouble. Greinke went 6 innings of 4 hit, 1 run ball allowing his only run to Travis Shaw on a double that scored Christian Yelich.
After Taylor Williams walked a batter, he was bunted to second, Boone Logan came to relieve him. The Brewers walked a batter to get the lefty match up in Daniel Descalso who hit a single to right to take the 2-1 lead, ultimately winning with that score in game 2.
Wednesday, May 16th
For the fan who says baseball is too long, this was the game for you, immediate action. Brandon Woodruff squared off against Matt Koch, in the final game of the series in the desert. After Lorenzo Cain got on in the top of the first, Travis Shaw blasted one deep to right, followed by back-to-back jacks by Domingo Santana!
But the Diamondbacks came right up to bat in the bottom of the first when Daniel Descalso went yard for a 2 run homer to make it 3-2 before most tailgaters would have been inside if the game was at Miller Park.
After Woodruff was able to settle down and get out of the first, Christian Yelich was able to hit a liner over the fence for a 2 run homer to score, guess who, Lorenzo Cain. Woodruff continued to pitch well and find a groove going 5 strong innings giving up only the one hit in the first that went deep.
After Saladino hit a solo shot in the top of the 4th and the Brewers scored 2 more runs on a fielders choice by Santana and a Jonathan Villar double in the 5th the score was 8-2 and over.
Another dominate showing by the Brewers bullpen, Albers went an inning allowing a hit, Jennings went 2 innings allowing a hit and had 3 ks, while Jorge Lopez finished up the game with 2 strikeouts in the 9th to finish off the game, 8-2 Brewers.
I know this is early, but is good to see the Brewers get a series win against a possible playoff team. The Brewers will be seeing the Diamondbacks again in Milwaukee next week, but for now up to Minnesota for a 3 game set against the Twinkies.