Thanks to the struggles of their starting pitchers, the Milwaukee Brewers have been forced to play from behind far too often during the 2019 season. Friday’s game against the Mets was no different behind initial out-getter Brandon Woodruff. The right-hander required 34 pitches to get through the first frame while allowing three hits and a walk. Thanks to a caught-stealing by Yasmani Grandal, though, the Brewers only needed to dig themselves out of a 1-0 hole.
It didn’t take long. Only three pitches, in fact. Leadoff hitter Lorenzo Cain did the lean back on a 1-1 sinker from Steven Matz, hitting it out over the fence in center field to make it 1-1. Both starters would settle down after that, putting up matching zeroes in the second, third, and fourth innings. Woodruff finished his day by tossing a scoreless fifth to end with 5.0 innings of one-run ball, yielding six hits and two walks with seven punchouts. In Milwaukee’s half of the fifth, Yasmani Grandal led off with a walk. That brought Ryan Braun to the plate. On the sixth plate of the at-bat, with a 2-2 count, Matz threw a sinker that Braun absolutely demolished.
Exit velo of 112 MPH, estimated distance of 443 feet, and score 3-1 Brewers.
Alex Claudio and Our Hero Junior Guerra each pitched perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, then came on Josh Hader. The suddenly homer-prone southpaw got through the eighth cleanly and came back out for the ninth, where he immediately put two runners on base by allowing a double and issuing a walk. He then struck out JD Davis, Todd Frazier, and Amed Rosario in order to end the game and secure the victory.
Our Menomonee Valley Nine (18-16) will face off against the Metropolitans (16-16) in game two of the series on Saturday at 6:10 PM central. Zack Wheeler starts for the boys from Queens while Gio Gonzalez will make his second start of 2019 for the home team.