Win: Flores (1-1)
Loss: Cravy (0-5)
Save: Ramos (20)
The past couple of seasons, Tyler Cravy kind of came out of nowhere to put himself on the map as far as Brewers prospects go. His first three seasons after being drafted in 2011 kind of stunk, but he found some success as a reliever in 2012 and 2013, then broke out in 2014 with a 1.74 ERA while spending most of his time in the rotation in Double-A.
A decent start to 2015 in Triple-A Colorado Springs earned Cravy a starting shot with the Brewers and, on June 2, he held the Cardinals to four hits and one run over seven innings in his first professional outing. He was sent back to the minors, but was called up a month later.
Things have not gone as well for Cravy since. He gave up 15 earned runs in 17.1 innings over his next four appearances, bringing us to his start on Tuesday against the Marlins. Cravy needed a good start. He didn't have one.
In just 2.2 innings of work, Cravy gave up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks and a hit-by-pitch. With an error by Elian Herrera, 12 Marlins successfully reached base against Cravy. Only eight Marlins made an out facing Cravy. After so much promise in that first start, Cravy has not shown much in the majors since. There's still hope for him -- he's young and a handful of starts at the start of a career is an iffy sample -- but there's definite doubt he can cut it in a major league rotation. The past few starts have been terrible, but sometimes all it takes is one good one to get the wheels turning.
The Brewers offense had a decent night, racking up 11 hits and four walks while scoring six runs. Jason Rogers went 3-4 while Ryan Braun and Jean Segura each had two hits. Braun has been on fire since the start of August and now has 20 hits in 59 at-bats, along with five walks. The offensive outburst Tuesday wasn't enough to dig out of the hole Cravy dug, however.
The Brewers will try to avoid the sweep in an afternoon game Wednesday.