I was at Kettle Moraine Days this afternoon with my family, so I didn’t get a chance to watch this one. After perusing the box score, I’ve concluded that was probably a good thing.
Jhoulys Chacin has been money for the Milwaukee Brewers for most of the season, but today was not included. He lasted only 4.1 innings in the series finale against St. Louis, issuing a season-high five walks while coughing up eight earned runs. Chacin battled his command from the get-go, but it looked like he would be able to dance around danger early on; he allowed a single run in the first inning after the first two batters went walk-double, and then stranded two runners in the second and another in the third while compiling scoreless frames. In the fourth, however, Chacin issued two walks, allowed a single, two doubles, and a homer while the Cardinals pushed five runs across the plate.
The Cardinals added two more in the 5th against Chacin when he was allowed to come back out to start the inning for some reason, but Dan Jennings came in to put out the fire and wound up pitching 1.2 scoreless frames. Jacob Barnes, Taylor Williams, and Corey Knebel each tossed a scoreless inning to clean up the rest of the contest.
The Brewers’ offense answered back quickly in the first inning after falling behind 1-0, with Christian Yelich clubbing a solo home run off Luke Weaver to tie the game back up. Ryan Braun followed with a double and later scored on a two-out RBI single by Hernan Perez to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, that would be all the offense our beloved local nine would muster on the day. Yelich, Braun, Perez, Eric Thames, Jonathan Villar, and Erik Kratz each registered one hit apiece and the squad struck out a total of 14 times on the day.
Also noteworthy was that Travis Shaw exited the game mid-plate appearance in the third inning after fouling off a pitch. Reports indicate that he’s been dealing with a sore wrist that has hampered him at the plate for the last several days. It’s apparently not considered to be serious enough for a disabled list stint at this time, however, and he’s day-to-day.
The Brewers (45-32) are off tomorrow before continuing their home stand on Tuesday evening. They’ll begin a quick two-game interleague series against the Royals that evening, with a couple of rookies set to face off in Jakob Junis and Freddy Peralta.