The Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers competed against one another in a baseball game this evening. Unfortunately not much went right for the Brewers tonight as the Tigers took this contest in a rout.
Any issues related to Milwaukee’s poor performance in this game and in this season start and end with their inability to hit. Their woeful hitting has the Brewers near the bottom of all MLB in most batting statistics. As I alluded to, that was no exception tonight. The bright spots were Ben Gamel who continues a hot bat, and Christian Yelich who hit a second deck bomb that accounted for their only run in the game.
Milwaukee’s pitching has been decent in 2020, and it is one of the biggest reasons the Brewers are in playoff contention with a record of 16-19. Tonight, however, was not a good night for the pitching staff.
Things started out well for Brewers’ starter, Josh Lindblom. He set the Tigers down 1-2-3 in the first inning and did the same in the second. The first hitter in the top of the third, Christian Stewart, launched a second decker into the right field seats. That was the beginning of a bad night for Milwaukee.
The scoring in the third was not finished with the Stewart homer. Willi Castro roped a double into right field off a Lindblom splitter. Castro advanced to third via a Victor Reyes single that he roped to right field of a Lindblom splitter. Lindblom followed that by hitting Jonathan Schoop in the hand to load the bases.
Lindblom did respond by striking out a future Hall of Famer, Miguel Cabrera, on three straight sliders out of the strike zone. Just as you think Lindblom was going to get out of it though, he walks Jeimer Candelario. Castro comes home of the walk to make it 2-0.
Lindblom struggled with control all night. He was constantly behind in the count and in 3-ball counts. He and the Brewers paid for that.
The fourth inning illustrated the lack of control by Lindblom. He started the top of the inning off by walking Jacoby Jones. Jones immediately stole second and advanced to third via a poor throw by Omar Narvaez that ended up in short centerfield. After getting the next two hitters out, Willi Castro tripled down the first base line scoring Jones. Castro scored just a bit later on a Reyes single. After four innings, the Brewers were down 4-0.
Lindblom labored through his start, and he was only able to get through five innings. He gave up six hits, four runs, walked three, and struck out four. His ERA is not good at 6.46. Lindblom turned the ball over to Justin Topa.
For Topa, it was his MLB debut. Topa showed some really good stuff tonight. His fastball reached 98 mph, and he threw a back foot slider the Willi Castro swung at and was hit by all at the same time.
Justin Topa, 85mph Back Foot Slider...Literally. pic.twitter.com/9FxmUYX492— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 2, 2020
Topa also gave up a 2-run bomb to the player of the game, Victor Reyes. Topa would pitch a scoreless seventh and illustrate some real promise for the him and Milwaukee. In the eighth the ball was handed over to Phil Bickford.
Bickford would make his major league debut tonight as well. BIckford may have gotten discombobulated tonight. He hit the first man he faced, Jacoby Jones, in the hand. Jones had to leave the game due to a fracture in that hand. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Bickford hit the next man he faced, Jorge Bonifacio, in the very same place. He stayed in the game. Later in the inning both men would come around to score on a double by Victor Reyes.
Jonathan Schoop drove in Reyes with a single to left. Schoop would eventually score too on a hit by Candelario.
At this point the score was 10-1. Craig Counsell asked Orlando Arcia to finish the game for him on the mound, and he did. In the process, he gave up a 2-run shot Grayson Greiner. Eventually this game mercifully ended with the Brewers coming up way short, 12-1.
The Brewers and Tigers go at it one more time at Miller Park tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 CT. Adrian Houser will take the mound for the Brewers. Spencer Turnbull will go for the Tigers. WTMJ 620 and Fox Sports Wisconsin will have complete coverage of the game.