The Brewers are 4-8 with back-to-back wins! The key to winning both games was scoring more runs than the other team. Perhaps that had slipped their mind in the earlier games. Maybe they were reminded of it around Jackie Robinson Day.
Whatever the reason, they scored more runs in a single inning than they did in an entire game the whole season. The hitters squared up the pitches, Wily Peralta had a hit and even Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam! I think it’s about time we start calling Yuni what he is: A clutch hitter (*wink*).
So that’s the good news. The bad news is that a game after a day off, the Brewers have used up five of their eight bullpen pitchers. The other bad news is — and I can’t believe I’m saying this — Ryan Braun.
His continued struggle at the plate got him the golden sombrero last night, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Since his neck injury, he’s 6-for-25 with 12 strikeouts. Ron Roenicke keeps saying “he’s not seeing the ball well.” Um … you can say that again. In the first inning, Braun swung at a pitch almost head high!
With his offensive downturn, Braun has left 15 men on base in the past six games—an unacceptable number considering the and great numbers being put up by the top of the order in Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura. And if the Brewers pitching stays mediocre (at best), Braun has to drive in the runs.
It’s too early for a call to any drastic measures. Braun is too good of a hitter to not make adjustments, and it’s likely that this is just a bump in another MVP-caliber season. With all the injuries and the issues faced by Milwaukee’s cleanup spot, Ron Roenicke, and the Brewers fans, have no choice but to hope for better.
Pitch FX Tool, brooksbaseball.net