5/29-6/1: @ New York Mets
Results: 4-2 L, 5-4 L (12 innings), 7-1 W, 2-1 W
Star of the Series: Corey Knebel (2.1 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 SV)
Coming off of a back and forth series with Arizona prior to arriving in New York for a brief road trip with the Mets, the Brewers were looking for a good series in order to hold on to their first place lead in the division. However, the first two games of the series did not quite go as planned. Four earned runs from Matt Garza sealed the Crew’s fate in the opener, and the Brewers lost a 12-inning heartbreaker the next night, a game which saw chances for both teams in later innings be squandered. The offense saw its pop return in the 7-1 win, with home runs by Thames and Domingo Santana leading the charge. Finally, series star Knebel shut the Mets down in the series’ final affair with two strikeouts on the way to his 4th save of the season since taking over the closer’s role.
6/2-6/4: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Results: 2-1 L (12 innings), 10-8 L, 3-0 W
Another day, another series in which the Brewers bullpen gives up leads. In this case, it seemingly cost them the series win as a whole. In many ways, this series was quite similar to the Mets series just days earlier. A loss in 12 innings? Check; Game lost by two runs with a majority of runs scored in only a few innings? Check; Third game where home runs by Thames and Santana led to the victory? Check. Now, if you had told Brewers fans that they would play a close, 2-1 series loss against one of the best current teams in baseball, many of those fans would have been quite happy with that. However, also knowing that Milwaukee was just a few pitches away from possibly sweeping that same team in the series, not so much.
NL Central Standings Update (as of 6/5/17)
- Milwaukee Brewers: 30-27
- Chicago Cubs: 28-27 1 GB
- Louis Cardinals: 26-28 2.5 GB
- Pittsburgh Pirates: 26-31 4.0 GB
- Cincinnati Reds: 25-30 4.0 GB
No major transactions occurred this week