On a night when the Brewers offense could not get anything going, Milwaukee Brewers starter Freddy Peralta was on his A game. He had a no hitter going against the Chicago Cubs through six dominant innings. His final stat line was impressive to say the least: six innings, no hits allowed five strikeouts and one walk on 82 pitches.
However, Peralta was replaced by reliever Matt Bush when the seventh inning began. That decision was controversial to say the least. But first, the good.
Good Things Come to those that Wait
Tyrone Taylor hit an absolute rocket to left for home run to break the scoreless tie and fans were quite pleased.
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— Nathan (@NathanJH31) August 27, 2022
Wrong Decision at the Wrong Time?
When Brewers manager Craig Counsell subbed in reliever Matt Bush to pitch in the seventh, the no hitter was still in tact.
Furthermore, the Cubs only had one baserunner all night up to that point. Ian Happ had other ideas.
With one swing of the bat, Happ hit a two run home run to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead in the seventh. Brewer fans and non Brewer fans were in disbelief over Counsell’s decision to remove Peralta.
Who could’ve predicted that this was a bad call…
Only every brewer fan… https://t.co/jrH3gixDAw
— CALEB 🧀💪 (@CalebGoPackGo) August 27, 2022
Craig Counsell really took out Freddy Peralta??? I’m not even a Brewers fan and I’m mad.
— Greg Williams (@GregWilliams28) August 27, 2022
“Hey Freddy, nice job on the no-hitter, now let’s put Matt Bush in to blow your outing” – Craig Counsell
— Reid Hansen (@ReiderInMadtown) August 27, 2022
Needless to say, when a pitcher like Freddy Peralta is on a roll, let him stay in the game a little longer to see if he can finish off a no hitter. He was only nine outs away. Come on Craig…
Rowdy Saves the Day
In the bottom of the ninth, Brewers hitter Rowdy Tellez appeared to erase Counsell’s controversial move with one major swing of the bat.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 27, 2022
Ian Happ. (Sigh).
Top of the tenth: Ian Happ hits his second home run of the game to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead. The Brewers would eventually load the bases after cutting the lead to one in the bottom of the tenth.
They didn’t capitalize. A ground ball double play would end the game and the Cubs won 4-3.
With another disappointing loss, the Brewers fell to 65-59 on the season and look to bounce back on Saturday with Brandon Woodruff on the mound. The Cubs will counter with Drew Smyly.