The season is still very young but we have seen games in which the Brewers offense has been explosive and games where the pitching has been stellar. Never at the same time.
Tonight we saw that it’s possible to have both. The pitching struggled to start the game but was nearly perfect the rest of the way. The Brewers on the other hand exploded for four runs in the 3rd inning and then got a blast from budding superstar Eric Thames in the 5th to put a cherry on top of a victory against one of the hottest teams in the league.
One of the goals for the starting pitchers recently, has been to eat up as many innings as possible, to try to get the bullpen some rest after a rough start to the season. They have been successful in doing exactly that over this three game winning streak. Brewers starter Jimmie Nelson moved his record to 1-0 after pitching 7 innings of five hit ball and striking out 5 batters. Carlos Torres and Bobby Hughes each threw an inning of hitless ball in the eight and ninth to secure the win.
The victory moved the Brewers to 5-5, and is giving the Milwaukee faithful a reason to be optimistic about the future. We had an idea that David Stearns knew what he was doing when he cleaned house starting late last year and started to load the team with very young talent. The pitching was one of the major question marks and in the beginning of the season it looked like a disaster but recently they appear to be a strong point.
Johnathon Villar looks nothing like the player Milwaukee was hoping for after last season. Orlando Arcia was supposed to be the next great thing at shortstop and today he had a breakout game, as he notched three hits and scored a run.
The Brewers have three more games against the Reds in Cincinnati before heading to Chicago to continue the Road trip against the Cubbies.