It is no secret that second baseman, Jonathan Schoop, has struggled ever since he became a Brewer. However, in last night’s rout against the Cubs, Schoop had the game he desperately needed. Before last night, in 79 ABs, Schoop was batting .215 with 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and 23 SOs. This is obviously not what Milwaukee acquired him to do. Schoop came in the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning and was thrown into a position where he had to perform.
In his first AB, with runners in scoring position, Schoop hit a deep sac fly to right field that was caught on the warning track. The ball was mere feet away from being a homerun. Schoop stayed in the game defensively and got another chance at the plate. In his second AB, Schoop smoked a 2-run single to left field. In 2 ABs, Schoop had 3 RBIs and displayed power to both sides of the field. Even with a productive night at the plate, Schoop’s best play came as the final out in the 9th inning. With 2 outs and Matt Albers pitching, a ball was smashed in between first and second. Schoop (who was playing second base and shaded up the middle) broke towards the ball and made a spectacular diving stop then threw the batter out from his knees.
For a player who has been struggling as much as Jonathan Schoop, this is exactly the kind of game that can get a player out of a slump.