In baseball, it’s difficult to win if you can’t consistently push runs across the plate. So it’s no wonder that the Milwaukee Brewers, who have scored an average of 2.86 runs per game since May 1st, have gone only 4-10 so far this month. After getting defeated by the Braves on Saturday night, the Cream City Nine have seen their record fall to .500 overall at 20-20.
Brett Anderson started for the Brewers and put his team into an early hole that, for this offense, felt close to insurmountable. In the first inning, Freddie Freeman walked with one out, then moved to second when Marcell Ozuna singled. Ozzie Albies doubled home the game’s first run to make it 1-0 with runners on second and third, then Dansby Swanson lifted a sacrifice fly center to make it 2-0.
In the second, Anderson got the first two outs with Atlanta’s #8 and #9 hitters, but then Ehire Adrianza singled. Freeman followed up with a two-run home run to center field, pushing the score to 4-0 through two innings.
Brett wound up making it through only 3.2 innings for the Brewers, tossing 77 pitches, before yielding to the bullpen. Drew Rasmussen, Brad Boxberger, and Angel Perdomo kept the score at 4-0, but Hoby Milner coughed up Atlanta’s fifth and final run during his two innings of work to finish out the game.
The Brewers recorded only three hits on the game, a single and a double by Pablo Reyes and a single from Dan Vogelbach. Luis Urias plated Milwaukee’s lone run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly to bring home big Dan. The Brewers are now averaging 3.58 runs per game on the season, tied for second-worst in the National League, and their run differential suggests they should be four games below .500.
But hey, it looks like Christian Yelich should be back soon at least, right?