Sept. 11th – Braun gets one final Brewers walkoff?
Milwaukee’s game on September 11th at Miller Park against the rival Chicago Cubs began as a classic pitchers’ duel. It ended with a bottom of the ninth walkoff by one of the most important players in Brewers history.
The Brewers had very few answers for Cubs starter Jon Lester, scraping together just three hits and two walks while striking out eight times. Even more impressive was Brewer starter Brandon Woodruff, who allowed just a single hit, walking none, and tying a career high with twelve strikeouts.
Despite a few pitching changes, neither team was able to make any headway and the game remained scoreless going into the bottom of the ninth. That set the stage for the type of dramatic ending that’s always more satisfying when it’s against your rival.
The Cubs allowed reliever Rowan Wick to come out for his second inning of work. He proceeded to walk Yelich, who had struck out in each of his three at bats, before giving up a single to Jedd Gyorko, allowing Yelich to move to third and put runners at the corners with no outs.
Chicago responded by bringing in ex-Brewer Jeremy Jeffress, who came into the game with seven saves and a 1.00 ERA. His opponent in the batter’s box was Braun, who was kicking off another of his classic hot Septembers. In the end, Brauny prevailed.
With the Brewers having declined their side of Braun’s mutual 2021 contract option, there’s a real chance that sacrifice fly could be the final walkoff hit of his Milwaukee career. If that does indeed end up being the case, there was no better team for him have it against.
Sept. 12th – Suter takes a tumble, doesn’t quite stick the landing
You didn’t think we’d make a top five moments list that only featured one player taking a spill on the field, did you? Like Urias earlier in the season, Brewers pitcher Brent Suter saw himself take a stumble on the field, except his humorous moment happened in the middle of a game.
The funny part is, Suter wasn’t originally guaranteed a chance to provide this memorable moment for Brewers fans. The day after Braun’s September 11th walkoff sac fly, it was announced that lefty Brett Anderson would be scratched from his start, giving Suter the spot start in his place.
Suter was cruising along, having allowed just a hit while striking out five in his first run through the Cubs’ lineup. Then, with two outs in the top of the third and Chicago leadoff hitter Ian Happ at the plate, well, this happened.
It’s hard to tell what was more impressive about Suter’s acrobatics: the seamless transition into a somersault, the immediate pop back up to his feet, or the straight face he (mostly) kept after it all. Either way, Brewers fans as well as his teammates loved every second of it.
Suter would go on to strike out Happ, completing a scoreless, three-inning start. The Brewers would unfortunately go on to lose 4-2 after Hader’s only other blown save of the season. But out of it came one of the funniest and most memorable moments of the 2020 season.
Those were just a few of the top moments from what was a crazy, unique 2020 season. Here’s hoping that 2021 provides us with a full 162 games of moments from which to choose come this time next year.