Can Brandon Woodruff get any love from the Brewers’ offense? Seriously with the exception of his last start in Colorado and the first start of the year against Minnesota, he has not allowed more than 2 runs in any start. Couple that with the fact that Woody gets the second-lowest run support in MLB, and it makes for a lot of frustration. I guess the key is for the Brewers to score at least 3 runs and hold on. Well that is just what they did this afternoon to the Arizona Diamondback as Milwaukee won 3-2.
Woodruff delivered another stellar performance today, which is beginning to seem like a given. In his 12th quality start of the season, covered 7 innings giving up just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 9. He also pushed his ERA to 1.89. The guy is dealing.
Brandon Woodruff, Painted 97mph Fastball. ️— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 23, 2021
"It's Bat-Flippingly Good." TM pic.twitter.com/0aTIFhmpRo
Fortunately the Brewers were able to score enough to get a stat that has been a bit more elusive for Woodruff, the Win. Woodruff was able to notch is 6th win of the season against 3 losses. Woodruff is only behind Jacob DeGrom in WHIP, yet there are 27 pitchers with more wins than him. That is why the win is a very limited stat by which to judge pitchers.
The Brewers were having trouble scoring early today. After 4 innings of play there was not score. Woody obviously decided to take things into his own hands. In the top of the fifth following a lead off double by Jace Peterson, Woodruff single to centerfield. Peterson scored and it was 1-0.
The Brewers would score 2 more in the top of the seventh. Milwaukee went back-to-back-to-back with 3 singles. Luis Urias led things off with the first, and Tyrone Taylor followed suit. Avisail Garcia’s single plated Urias. A couple of sacrifice flies by Willy Adames and Jackie Bradley Jr. allowed Taylor to scamper to third and then home for what would be Milwaukee’s final run of the game.
One more run for good measure!— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 23, 2021
JBJ brings Tyrone home on a Sac-Fly to make it 3-0, good guys.#ThisIsMyCrew
Pitching into the seventh inning, Woodruff finally made a mistake. Christian Walker took him deep, and the Diamondbacks were on the board. Arizona would score once more in the bottom of the eighth. Eduardo Escobar took Devin Williams deep to lead off the eighth.
That would be the last run given up as Josh Hader entered the game in the bottom of the ninth. He struck out the first 2 hitters he faced and got Tim Locastro to foul out to notch his 19th save of the season.
Milwaukee gets an off-day tomorrow, but they head back home to Milwaukee to face off with the Colorado Rockies. Corbin Burnes is scheduled to start for the Brew Crew, while Jon Gray gets the nod for Colorado. Game time is 3:10 CT, and the game can be seen on Bally Sports Wisconsin. It can be heard on WTMJ 620 and the Brewers Radio Network.
Baseball statistics courtesy of ESPN.com