Brewer Daily News for September 5th: Kintzler OK, Brewers win
Hello again everyone and welcome to the Thursday morning edition of Brewer Daily News. Milwaukee Brewers’ reliever Brandon Kintzler has seen his fair share of time out on the mound this season, but doesn’t look to be tiring. Secondly, last night the Brewers (60-79) crushed the Pittsburgh Pirates (81-58), but still lost the series 2-1.
Brandon Kintzler has been clutch for the Brewers all season. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Kintzler, 29, has appeared in 59 games for the Brewers this season, many of which have been multiple relief appearances. In the past few months, Kintzler has been one of manager Ron Roenicke‘s most called upon relievers and has delivered in nearly each opportunity.
"“I’ve made a lot of appearances, but a lot of them have been low pitch counts, not that stressful,” Kintzler said. “I’ve been recovering fine.” – via Brewers.com"
Roenicke has placed Kintzler mainly as the set-up man to closer Jim Henderson, but he is still available to pitch more than one inning. This season, Kintzler is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.76 with 50 strikeouts in 65.1 innings while opponents are hitting a feeble .228 against him.
Last night, the Brewers won 9-3 over the Pirates. Wily Peralta made the start for Milwaukee and had a quality outing, picking up his ninth win. Peralta pitched six innings and allowed three runs on nine hits, one walk, one hit batter (Justin Morneau) and had six strikeouts.
A Brew Crew bullpen combination of Mike Gonzalez, Donovan Hand, Rob Wooten and Burke Badenhop pitched three scoreless innings while only surrendering three hits and one walk.
For the Pirates, Francisco Liriano took the mound and was pummeled, receiving his seventh loss. Liriano only lasted three innings while giving up seven runs on seven hits, two walks and struck out four. Reliever Stolmy Pimentel (who made his major league debut) gave up two runs in 1 2/3 of an inning.
The Brewers had huge contributions from Aramis Ramirez who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Jeff Bianchi who was also 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Khris Davis who went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado drove in two runs each and they both had one hit a piece. Yuniesky Betancourt scored on a wild pitch in the third inning.
Today the Brewers have the day off before heading to Chicago to take on the Cubs for a three-game series this weekend.