After a disappointing four game series at Cincinnati, in which they lost three of those four, the Milwaukee Brewers opened a nine game homestand with a 8-3 win over the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks.
On the first pitch he saw, Carlos Gomez launched a solo shot to straightaway center field. The very next inning showcased a Martin Maldonado two run blast to left. Khris Davis brought Scooter Gennett home in the fifth on a sacrifice fly. Gomez drove in two more runs on a blooper to shallow right in the sixth, scoring Maldonado and pinch hitter Rickie Weeks. The very next batter, Jean Segura, hit a frozen rope to left to make it a five run Brewers lead.
The hitters were able to take advantage of Arizona’s Mike Bolsinger’s and reliever Randall Delgado’s location problems. The young right-handed starter left plenty of pitches up in the zone, and he was particularly unable to locate his curveball. Delgado just could not catch a break. He managed to walk Rickie Weeks, which is quite an achievement. Gomez’s soft fly ball found the space between second and right field, and his challenging of Segura backfired quite nicely. A day to forget from the man out of the bullpen to be sure, but a fantastic day for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Last night was very encouraging to see. The Reds absolutely stymied the offense over the weekend, and putting together good at-bats last night, either via the long ball or the base on balls, may be the kickstart to a great homestand and a prolonging of the Brewers holding onto the best record in baseball.
I have lingering concerns over Matt Garza and Aramis Ramirez. Garza struggled early, and while he still put up a quality start, he could work on letting less runs cross the plate. His last three frames saved his day, but it was a really bad start to his night. I want to see a much cleaner performance throughout the entire inning, not a train wreck followed by a few redeeming frames and lucking out with plenty of run support.
As for Ramirez, he’s in one heck of a slump. These double plays he’s been grounding into are absolute rally killers. I know this is the kind of Ramirez that usually shows up early in the season, but I was enjoying the red-hot Ramirez to start the year. I’d like him return and contribute to the run column.
But a win’s a win, and at least the offense broke out of its Cincy slump. Let’s hope it continues for the rest of the homestand.