Opening day for the 2018 Major League Baseball has come and gone now, but the most intriguing story may have come out of San Diego on Thursday afternoon. After signing all star outfielder Lorenzo Cain and trading for all star outfielder Christian Yelich, the Brewers seemed to be all in and were surely in play for game changing pitchers Yu Darvish and Jake Arietta, who were still available on the free agent market. The glairing need as seen by some fans was not addressed. The Brewers headed into the season seemingly dependent on their bats.
The intrigue comes into play when we look back at the box score for the opening day game against the Padres. The box score will show you a final score of 2-1, with the Brewers taking the W. The pitching; what seemed to be the biggest hole and biggest worry for most fans ended up winning the game for the crew. The game was undoubtedly highlighted by the pitching for the crew, starting with six strong one hit innings from starter Chase Anderson. After leaving the game in the sixth with a 1-0 lead, the Brewers went on to take the lead into the ninth inning. All-Star closer Corey Knebel was the culprit of a blown save in the bottom of the ninth. The game remained deadlocked at one until the top of the twelfth inning when one game wonder Ji-Man Choi was batted in on a two out single by the young stud starting short stop Orlando Arcia. Jacob Barnes went on to strike out all three batters he faced in the bottom of the twelfth inning to bring the Brewers strikeouts to 15 on the day and notch the save.
Choi was later sent down to the Brewers triple A affiliate Colorado Sky Sox before the game on Friday to make room for newly acquired relief pitcher south paw Dan Jennings.
Hours after sending Choi down, newly acquired starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin took the mound against his former team to kick off the second game of the three game series against the Padres. The highly anticipated bats finally got going for the Brewers right away in this one with two runs in the top of the first inning. The first coming from Lorenzo Cain on a Ryan Braun fielders choice and the second from Travis Shaw on a Domingo Santana double.
Chacin was ousted in the fourth inning after giving up four earned runs off of seven hits and two walks. The Brewers bullpen came into play again in a big way when future fifth in the rotation man Brandon Woodruff came in in the 5th inning to end up going two innings allowing only one run to keep the Brewers in play and allow Oliver Drake to get the win after the Brewers again went off in the top of the ninth highlighted by a Ryan Braun moon shot off of Padres closer Brad Hand; The home run featured probably the most emotion we’ve seen from Braun since his game winning home run against the Cubs to essentially clinch the Brewers wild card birth.