In Thursday’s series win against the St Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers played their most, well, let’s say complete game of baseball this entire season.
Everything seemed to be going the Cardinals’ way early. Anderson looked like he was headed for an early shower, with his pitch count in the upper fifties and four runs tallied against him in the early innings.
However, a starting pitcher doesn’t earn the name Chase the Ace for nothing. From there on out Anderson would strand multiple runners in scoring position and end up pitching 4 2/3 innings. He was one out away from factoring in the decision. Before his departure, he would also receive some help from one of the most potent offenses in baseball.
Getting into the action tonight and going 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and a pair of singles, was stud center fielder Keon Broxton. You know it is a good night when Broxton finishes a triple shy of the cycle.
Also contributing out of the lately shaky bullpen was Oliver Drake. Drake pitched yet another scoreless inning, thanks to his deadly splitter. Since joining Milwaukee, Drake holds a 1.80 ERA and he has struck out 14 batters in 10 innings of work.
Drake was not the only contribution out of the pen, Carlos Torres and Corey Knebel would also notch scoreless frames of their own, as they keep showing why this bullpen, when it is dealing, has what it takes to be one of the best in baseball.
Aside from all of the great pitching and clutch hits, there is one story of the game that definitely takes the cake. Babe Ruth of Spring Training Jesus Aguilar, would find the sweet spot for the first time in the 7th inning as a pinch hitter and hit what would be the game-winning solo homer into the left field bleachers. This was also his first career major league home run.
Two innings later, Neftali Feliz would put the nail in the coffin and secure the Brewers first series win against the Cardinals in three years. He made it interesting when he left a hanging change up to red hot Jedd Gyorko. Thankfully it stayed in the park.
Thursday’s effort was a lot of fun to watch, as it goes when you are in a rebuild. When the Brewers get down early against one of the premiere lineups in the National League and stage a comeback that includes a dramatic homer and a great performance from the bullpen, it shows how far this team has come. Rebuilding teams like the Brewers usually don’t fight back as well as they did on Thursday, and this game could be a sign of an upcoming hot streak for our Milwaukee Brewers.