How was that for some 4th of July fireworks, Brewers fans?!
Independence Day brought the Crew back home to start a three-game series against the rival Chicago Cubs. From Eric Lauer starting things off with strong, bounce back outing (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K) to an extra inning walk-off, there was plenty of thrilling action as Milwaukee pulled off a 5-2 win against the North Siders.
Of course, there were a handful of key moments that either kept the Brewers’ opponent at bay or helped ultimately propel the team to victory. Let’s look back at five of the most important such plays in Milwaukee’s stunning win.
Here’s a ranking of the five most important plays from the Brewers’ July 4th walk-off win over the Cubs.
5. Pedro Severino’s RBI double
Despite Lauer’s strong start to the game, the Brewers found themselves down 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh with just one hit, a Luis Urias double, to their name. With two outs, designated hitter Keston Hiura drew a walk and then stole his way over to second base.
That brought catcher Pedro Severino to the plate. Severino had just returned to the Brewers roster on Sunday after finishing the 80-game suspension the league levied on him right before Opening Day. Monday, however, ended up being his first game in the lineup for the Crew.
Severino grounded out and struck out in his first two plate appearances on the day. But with Hiura on second and two outs in the seventh, he drove in the team’s first run of the game and tied everything up at 1-1.
Severino would be lifted from the game for a pinch runner later that same inning. Still, his first career hit as a Milwaukee Brewer proved to be a big one.