Tuesday night’s game looked like it was going the Milwaukee Brewers’ way. The Brewers ended up taking a three-run lead on a homer from Travis Shaw in the top of the third inning. His home run would give Brewers fans hope that the dreaded two-game losing streak would finally be over.
The three-run lead would later be surrendered by starting pitcher Junior Guerra. Guerra pitched well through the first five innings. He tallied four strikeouts and surrendered three hits. Two of those hits were home runs.
To begin the road trip, the Milwaukee Brewers started with a comfortable 5 1/2-game lead over the second place Chicago Cubs. Since the Brewers lost the series finale against Philadelphia on Sunday, it seems that fans are jumping the gun a little bit. This is not a collapse or a sign of who the team truly is. This tiny three-game losing streak will only meant to test their resolve.
In fact, this so called losing streak could be a positive for the Milwaukee Brewers team as a whole. The way we are losing games is mostly by what happens on the mound. So if our pitching is the problem then it will entice David Stearns to add a proven arm that can help anchor our rotation or our bullpen.
The reality is that the Brewers have been without Chase Anderson for almost three weeks. We have not had our versatile lead off man, Eric Sogard, in quite some time. Our bullpen continues to be an Achilles’ heel. The recent injury to Stephen Vogt also does not help.
We need to remember that we were not supposed to be in this position this year. It is okay to have higher expectations, but they need to be realistic. In the end, we must always stay true to our team and continue to trust the process.