The night had started out so well for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Before Friday night’s matchup with the Cincinnati Reds, the Brewers unveiled the new Wall of Honor to display the faces on some of the most iconic faces in Milwaukee Brewers history. The majority of those to be displayed on this wall were even gathered together for the unveiling. All who were able to attend were even mentioned inside Miller Park before the game, with each getting announced and walking onto the field to much applause.
Hank Aaron, the Home Run King (the real one) was there. Hall of Famer Robin Yount was there. Rollie Fingers and his unforgettable mustache was there. Stormin’ Gorman Thomas was there. Cecil Cooper, Dan Plesac, Jerry Augustine, Teddy Higuera, Jeromy Burnitz, Craig Counsell, Geoff Jenkins, Ben Sheets, Richie Sexson, Bob Wickman, Bob Uecker, Harvey Kuenn’s wife, and numerous other iconic faces were there.
The gathering was great to witness as a fan, and the Wall of Honor will stand as a great monument to those players who have thus far made great contributions to the franchise. Spokesmen for the Wall even mentioned that it’s sure to grow within a couple years, and of course it will grow many years from now.
So with this large gathering of icons and good spirits, the Milwaukee Brewers of today had to win the game that night, right? Wrong.
The Brewers fell 6-5 after managing to come back from a 5-1 deficit, but it was far from the team’s best performance. The Brewers committed four errors on the night, two of them coming from starting pitcher Matt Garza.
Both of Garza’s errors were throwing errors from the pitching mound. He had Todd Frazier in no man’s land in the first inning, but his throw to second was pathetic and it bounced past Scooter Gennett into center field. That play, which should have been an easy pickoff throw, turned out to cost Garza a run.
The second gem from Garza came in the fifth, when he fielded a bunt attempt and promptly threw the ball well over Mark Reynolds’ head and into the stands. The Reds went on to score four runs. Garza went seven innings, and while he’s technically only charged with one earned run, his personal errors should make them earned.
How hard is it to throw from the pitcher’s mound to first base? It’s not. Any competent Little Leaguer can do it. Why can’t Garza? It’s ridiculous.
The Brewers managed to tie in the seventh, as Khris Davis hit a solo shot, and Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez all drove in a run apiece. The Reds re-captured the lead in the ninth when Billy Hamilton singled off Francisco Rodriguez to drive in Zack Cozart. Aroldis Chapman used his flame thrower of an arm to seal the win.
Game 2 of this three game series will begin on Saturday at 6:15 PM CT.