Brewers crush Cubbies at Wrigley
Twenty-Six hits! Yeah, 26!
And 18 runs! That’s what the Brew Crew dropped on Randy Wells and the Cubs bullpen on Monday night,
Where has all this been? From last Sunday, July. 25, until two days ago (Aug. 1), the Crew managed just 19 runs total. That’s over seven games.
So essentially, the Brewers managed to match their seven day production over six innings, including back-to-back five spots in the fourth and fifth frames.
Usually I’d bring in the FanGraphs game graph, but I think you could probably imagine what it looks like without any help.
The usual suspects were the prime disruptive forces last night, with both Ryan Braun and Prince going 5-for-7, newly re-inked Corey Hart going 4-for-7 (more on that later) and getting a “game-changing” home run from Casey McGehee, that was the game’s most influential play, worth .206 WPA.
Of course, in what is a good lesson as to how Win Percentage Added works, in a game like this, where essentially only McGehee’s homer was the only contextually important hit (since Yovani Gallardo was pitching a gem while the Crew dropped 10 runs over two innings), Ryan Braun, and his five single performance with three runs, two RBI was actually awarded a NEGATIVE WPA. Sure it was just -.001, but that’s the breaks in a game like this.
Gallardo would have to be the Player of the game however, facing 21 batters and retiring 18 of them, 12 via the strikeout. Pretty impressive stuff.
I’m sure sure if a week’s worth of production erases a week’s worth of losses, but it was pretty satisfying to see the Brewers embarrass the Cubs in Wrigley. Hopefully the tables aren’t turned around tonight, with Chris Narveson on the bump.
Plenty more to come today…