The Blue Team finally got on the board with a victory in game four of the Brewers Blue-Gold World Series. Here are some quick reactions from the scrimmage.
The Brewers Blue Team didn’t have many offensive highlights to speak of in the first three games of the Blue-Gold World Series this week. Two combined runs were all the team had to their name going into game four.
They turned that around in a big way on Friday night, though, as they took game four by a score of 8-2. Check out these three observations from the night’s matchup.
Offense galore for Blue Team Brewers
Though the Gold Team jumped out to yet another early lead in the first inning of game four, this time the Blue Team answered quickly in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead and kept piling on as the game went on. Every member of the Blue Team who batted reached base at least once, including roster locks Lorenzo Cain, Manny Pina, and Eric Sogard.
Six of the seven Blue Team players who batted on Friday had each scored a run by the third inning, with Christian Yelich being the only exception. The former MVP did get the monkey off his back, however, as he collected, surprisingly, his first hit of the series and also added a stolen base for good measure.
Knebel looking strong in comeback from injury
One player who was probably looking forward to these scrimmages more than anyone was Corey Knebel, who missed all last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Since he wasn’t ready to pitch in Spring Training, these scrimmages have been the closest thing he’s had to pitching in a regular game since the 2018 NLCS.
Knebel looked solid on Friday night, facing the minimum three batters in an inning of work and striking out two of them. His fastball and knuckle curve both looked sharp, and with him already looking this impressive, it could give manager Craig Counsell something to consider with regards to who ends up in the closer’s role.
Final Brewers bullpen spots coming down to the wire
Earlier on Friday we took another crack at predicting who would make the team’s Opening Day roster. The bullpen, in particular, has several different relievers competing for just a few final roster spots and some got to state their case again on Friday night.
Eric Yardley pitched an inning to start the game for the Blue Team and gave up a home run to the red-hot Omar Narvaez while retiring the other three batters he faced. Bobby Wahl, Jonathon Feyereisen, and Ray Black all threw scoreless innings on the night. Each may get just one more chance next week to audition for inclusion on the Opening Day roster.
The Brewers get to enjoy a day off from Summer Camp on Saturday before resuming their scrimmage series on Sunday. Follow along with us after the game as we break down the day’s highlights.