The Milwaukee Brewers played a thrilling Wild Card game against the Washington Nationals. But it ended in heartbreak.
Well, that sucked. For seven and a half innings, it was looking like it was going to be the Milwaukee Brewers night, leading the Nationals 3-1 for most of the game.
Everything was setting up their way. Brandon Woodruff was electric, going four strong innings, hitting 100 MPH with his fastball, Yasmani Grandal hit a two run homer to jump out to an early lead off Max Scherzer, and Eric Thames added on with a solo home run of his own.
The big question was if those three runs were going to be enough. It turns out, they weren’t.
Then we got to the big gun, Josh Hader.
Hader was not his best self, missing with his slider and his fastball and it ended up coming back to bite him.
The 8th inning got going for the Nationals with the “hit by pitch” on Michael Taylor. They reviewed it and replay clearly showed the ball hit the knob of the bat, but MLB didn’t overturn the call on the field and he was allowed to stay on first base. From there, a broken bat single by Ryan Zimmerman and a walk by Anthony Rendon loaded the bases for Juan Soto.
Soto hits a line drive to right field and Trent Grisham misplayed the ball, allowing it to go past him, and the Nats took a 4-3 lead on a series of unfortunate events. A bad call by the umps, a broken bat single, and a misplay in the outfield.
It’s such a heartbreaking way to lose. They had the whole game, but because of that misplay by Grisham and the bad call on the hit by pitch, the Milwaukee Brewers season is over.
A Quick Look Back
Through most of the season, most fans didn’t think the Brewers would even make the playoffs, but the big run in September, going 20-7, got them back in the picture.
Without Christian Yelich, expectations weren’t too high for the Crew this October, and now begins the long offseason.
This is going to hurt. It’s going to hurt all winter long, wondering what could’ve been. But we’ll get over it, and hope for better days in 2020.
We’ll have all your offseason coverage right here at Reviewing the Brew, be sure to stay tuned as this is going to be a very important offseason for the Crew.
While the offseason can bring some excitement, nothing can match October baseball.