Hey everyone, Curly here.
A brief introduction, I am a new writer joining CCC to cover our beloved Wisconsin teams. Now to covering the last several days of our beloved NL Leading Brewers and the home stand they’ve been on the last week. Brewers won today 10-3! Of course Aguilar had 2 homeruns and 4 RBI’s, what a monster. Now to some of the highlights over recent games in 7 game homestretch.
The Brew Crew hung on to win and extend their win streak to 5 games on Friday Night, in big part to Jesus Aguilar who has continued to absolutely mash this season. Gotta imagine we will end up seeing him in the All-Star game, and no thanks to absolute moon shots like this. Don’t know if I’ve ever seen a blast like this so high, dead-center off the scoreboard at Miller Park. Good thing the roof was open the other night or they’d have to patch it, folks. Video per our good friends at MLB on twitter.com
His 20th Home Run of the season, had 3 RBI’s on the night, Jesus save us.
Speaking of Jaw Dropping Plays, in case you missed Keon Broxton’s Homerun saving grab in the 9th inning on the 4th of July because you were too busy getting slammed on the lake or enjoying your favorite holiday festivities, here was his potentially game saving robbery over the wall.
Catch of the year?!?!
— MLB (@MLB) July 4, 2018
This is a real candidate for catch of the year, incredible. However, besides his defense he has been ice cold since getting called up to the Majors, lighting it up with 2 homeruns in one of his first games back but otherwise striking out a ton and a terrible average. Still in only limited action this season, but average has dropped to .167 and just 1 hit in 17 plate appearances his last 4 starts before being replaced in the starting lineup. Strikeouts have been a calling card for Keon as he finished 4th in the NL Strikeouts last year with 175 and has 12 strikeouts in 8 games started this year. Welp :/ Lately, with Santana still in AAA, we have resorted to some outfield lineups including Thames and Perez. Good to have Cain activated and back in the lineup today, especially with Braun going back on the DL (What’s new?). However, with the All-Star break coming up, Pina and Braun’s activation to the 10-day DL today is more of a precautionary measure than anything.
I was at the game yesterday, Brent Suter was scheduled to start but has been put on the 10-day DL with forearm tightness. That means we got to see Aaron Wilkerson in another outing. For those who don’t know, they just called Wilkerson up from the AAA Club, Colorado Springs. Wilkerson’s only other stint with the Brewers this season was in relief for Freddy Peralta last week. Wilkerson gave up 5 runs in 3 innings of work as we lost the Reds 8-2 in that outing. He has pitched fairly well at the AAA level this year, 7 starts and 2.08 ERA, so I was unsure what to expect, but a bit pessimistic. Wilkerson ended gave up 2 runs early and got into some jams, but overall had a salvageable outing, going 5 innings, 2 ER, 5 K’s.
I got to further witness what is truly the bottom of the Brewers Pitching Barrel, as I also got the pleasure of seeing Mike Zagurski pitch in person. His only other outing this year was also in relief against the Reds in Late June. He gave up 4 ER without recording a single out, the guys ERA was INFINITE. Yesterday he gave up an improved 3 runs in 3 outs of work, thus significantly dropping his ERA to 63 from its prior infinite mark. Zagurski has only had the two outings, but some awful showings and no upside as he is 35 and a career ERA of 7.78 in 91 games. I expected something similar going in; but still it was funny to see the “infinite” indicator on Baseball Reference.
Zagurski was Designated for Assignment and Wilkerson got optioned back down to AAA today, and with Zach Davies, Jimmy Nelson, Wade Miley, and Matt Albers hopefully coming back soon after the All-Star Break, we can hope we will not have to see either of them in Milwaukee again this season.
The Brewers did lose the game I was at to the Braves Saturday 5-1, giving the Crew a 0-4 mark in games that I have been in attendance for this season and only scoring three runs combined in those four games. I hate to use the C-word so freely already, but think its fair to say that I may actually be Cursed. Please pray for me.
Unfortunately the Cubs also have been playing well lately, coming back from down 7-3, to pull it out 8-7 yesterday, and beating the Reds 6-5 in 10 innings today. F#%K
Brewers maintain a 1.5 lead in the NL Central, will face the lowly Pirates and Marlins before the All-Star break, hopefully we can increase our lead in that time.
Godspeed and Go Brewers.