It was a bad day to be a fan of Wisconsin sports. The Wisconsin Badgers blew their opener vs. LSU, and the Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t hit Jake Peavy to save their lives.
How convenient it is for both teams to have failed miserably on offense on the same night.
The Brewers managed one hit off Jake Peavy in the eighth inning, and Ryan Braun delivered a consolation run in the ninth to cap off a 3-1 loss and a pathetic night.
That’s not to say the Brewers’ 13-2 loss the night before wasn’t pathetic. That was an absolute train wreck.
Tonight, though, the Brewers were dominated not by an opposing lineup, but by one man- pitcher Jake Peavy. Peavy continued his dominant form of late by throwing a one-hitter through 7 2/3 innings, giving up three walks, and collecting eight strikeouts. Peavy has compiled a 2.50 ERA in the last 30 days, and he’s looking like an ace when, just a month ago at the trade deadline, he was seen only as a guy to help the back end of a rotation. Solid work, San Fran. You may have gotten the steal of the trade deadline.
While San Francisco continues chasing the Dodgers with a great rotation and clicking offense, Milwaukee is at rock bottom. They have lost seven of their last ten and have now seen their lead in the NL Central shrink to one game over the St. Louis Cardinals and two over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mike Fiers is possibly the lone bright spot during this recent skid. Fiers once again made it through seven innings for the Crew, which he has done three starts in a row now. He had only one bad inning tonight, in which all three of the Giants’ runs scored. Usually, seven innings and just three earned runs is enough to keep your team in the ballgame. Jake Peavy just out-pitched him.
As the month of August draws to a close and the Brewers seem to be drowning, I have this “What now?” feeling dominating my thoughts. The Brewers will pull out of this nosedive- they are a good team. They have shown what they can do all year. They have held first place since April 5. I just don’t see that happening yet. So what now? Will the offense stay as cold as it was tonight? Is the starting pitching going to unravel across the board? Will starters start dropping like flies to the injury bug that usually feeds on Milwaukee every year but has rarely done so during this campaign? What now, Brew Crew? What now?
The Brewers don’t feel like a contender right now. The Pirates feel like one. Everything is coming together for them. The Cardinals feel more like one than the Brewers do. In this next month filled with division games, will Milwaukee get trampled, or will they rise to the occasion? One thing is certain: their current performance is abysmal, and if this kind of play continues, they won’t be contenders much longer.