The Brewers bats have been humming in the first three games of the season so far. Tonight they finally got a great performance out of their pitching staff and a decisive notch in the win column.
After watching their starters get chased early in both other games so far, the Crew needed Wily Peralta to eat up some innings and give the.bullpen a chance to rest. The big right handed didn’t go quite as deep into the game as they would have liked but he did average a strikeout an inning over five scoreless frames, while only allowing three hits and walking one batter.
The Brewers used three homers throughout the game to build their big lead. Eric Thames started out the scoring in the 4th with a solo shot to right center. Later in the inning, Travis Shaw would stretch the Brewers lead to 3-0 with a bomb to right. Then in the bottom of the 8th, with Milwaukee leading 4-0, Johnathon Villar added an exclamation point with a two-run jack to right.
This was an encouraging game for the Brew Crew. It’s seems obvious that they have the offensive fire power to be competitive in almost every game. Where they lack is pitching, and if they can get more performances like they had last night this team could be fighting for a playoff spot this fall.
Peralta had to be pulled after throwing 90 pitches. Carlos Torres and Corey Knebel came in relief and pitched three scoreless innings. The Brewers brought in Taylor Jungmann to close out the ninth. However, after giving up a run after just two-thirds of an inning he had to give way to Neftali Feliz, who came in and struck the final batter with the bases loaded.
The Brewers Owner, Mark Attanasio and General Manager, David Stearns, have already promised that they will starting making the moves necessary to make this team a contender. If the Brewers keep this up, it will be sooner rather than later.