It was a very anticipated day for Milwaukee Brewers fans as baseball is finally back. The Brewers started their three-game series and unfortunately came up short, falling 3-0 to the Cubs.
How Did It Go?
Starting the game was ace, Brandon Woodruff, who was throwing heat right from the beginning. His highest velocity pitch reaching 99.3 MPH. Struggling to get the balls within the strike zone, Woodruff was off to a bit of a rough start. However, Brewers pitching was not terrible; Could it have been better? Sure, but, it’s only the first game of the season! We still have time!
After Woodruff was out of the game, LHP Alex Claudio came in the sixth inning and recorded two outs. Claudio was then replaced by Bobby Wahl who got Willson Contreras out at second to end the sixth inning. Corey Knebel made his debut for the first time since the 2018 postseason run after missing all of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery. He ended up retiring all three batters that were against him.
Brewers offensive struggles
What kept the Brewers from scoring runs? Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs starting pitcher ended his night with a complete game with nine strikeouts and 103 total pitches. He was able to get it in the zone, and even without high pitch speed, the Brewers couldn’t seem to make good contact with the ball. Orlando Arcia did go 3-for-3 against Hendricks tonight, making him the only one to make solid hits tonight. He was aggressive at the plate and was able to make good contact with the ball. Hopefully the offense can get a fire lit under them to bring a W tomorrow at Wrigley.
J.P. Feyereisen, a River Falls native, made his major league debut tonight pitching one inning and clocked in one strikeout, one error and one hit. For a debut, Feyereisen threw the ball very well; He threw hard and he threw aggressively. Feyereisen struck out Kris Bryant, one who is often a good player at the plate. He unfortunately pitched a fastball to Anthony Rizzo, who sent the ball far into right field to bring the Cubs score up to three runs. Even though we didn’t get to see much of what he has to bring, this surely brought some hope and confidence into the fans who aren’t familiar with Feyereisen’s work.
The Brewers still have two more games against the Chicago Cubs to hopefully bring some wins home. Corbin Burnes will start for the Brewers tomorrow and Yu Darvish for the Cubs. First pitch is at 12:05 CST and can be heard on 620 WTMJ Radio and Fox will be broadcasting the game.
There’s still 59 games left in the season, one loss isn’t going to be the end of everything. Welcome back to baseball.