In game one, a little history was made. Josh Hader saved the game for the Brewers pitching the last 2.2 innings. Every single out he recorded was a strikeout. He became the first pitcher in MLB history to record eight punch-outs in an outing of less than three innings. The only blemish on his stat line was a lone walk. Domingo Santana had the go ahead extra base hit in the seventh inning to put the Brewers ahead for good. That was great to see considering Domingo’s struggles at the plate over the first month of the season. Jhoulys Chacin was bad yet again. He didn’t make it out of the fifth inning while giving up four earned runs, walking three and striking out just one. He was been big disappointment so far.
Game two saw the Brewers get off to fast start with back-to-back homers in the first from Shaw and Aguilar. It was 3-0 Brewers before the Reds even came up to bat. Unfortunately they would tie the game after one. It was another sluggish start for a Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher. Chase Anderson lasted just 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, while walking four, and striking out four. Ryan Braun hit a 2-run double in the fifth inning to put the Brewers ahead for good. With Corey Knebel still out, Craig Counsell went to Jeremy Jeffress to get the last five outs of the game and he did just that on only 13 pitches.
Game three was the lone pitchers duel of the series. Wade Miley made his Brewers debut in impressive fashion. Going six innings, allowing just one run on three hits, walking three, striking out four. The Brewers got a go ahead homerun from Christian Yelich in the 5th inning. After throwing only 13 pitches in the previous nights save, Counsell went to JJ again to get the last six outs. He, for the second night in a row, delivered.
The Reds are awful, and it’s no secret. If the Brewers want to be playing relevant baseball in September, they need to continue to beat teams like the Reds regularly. Especially if they continue to crap all over themselves against the Cubs.