After Monday’s game, it looked like the Milwaukee Brewers have once again found their groove. On the mound making his season debut was veteran Matt Garza. Garza was able to tally four solid innings. Unfortunately, he was unable to pitch into the fifth which left him with a no-decision. But there were several other positives to be gleaned from Monday night.
The big story was that the Brewers team as a whole finally seemed to regain their offensive stride that has had them making headlines all season long.
Babe Ruth aka Eric Thames hit his ninth and tenth home runs of this young season today and is only four shy of tying the record for home runs hit in the month of April. The record is currently held by Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez at 14.
Hernan Perez got into the action as well, as he hit a three-run home run off of young Cincinnati Reds stud, Amir Garret. Things seem to be looking up for Perez, as he is used to not having consistent playing time. It is a good sign that he is starting to see the ball and send it out of the ballpark like he did 13 times last year.
The Brewers bullpen also looked like its usual dominant selves once again. The Milwaukee relief corps narrowly avoided disaster when set-up man Corey Knebel loaded the bases in the eighth and had to face future Hall Of Famer Joey Votto, but Knebel got a ground ball to end the threat. In the ninth future closer Jacob Barnes was able to shut the door and nail down a Brewers victory, while keeping his season ERA at 0.00.
In the last week, we have seen some pretty one-sided performances from this young team, but as the rebuilding Brewers are giving contenders a run for their money.
At this pace, if all of the aforementioned bright spots continue to shine, we will be seeing October baseball in Milwaukee soon enough.
As fans, we should just look forward to the future and be happy that in the second year of this rebuild, thanks to genius moves by the front office and unexpected success of our young players, watching them play this game with so much heart is an indescribable experience and we are very lucky to be able to watch this team continue to learn and grow for years to come.