The highlight of the first Brewers-Twins match-up of the season happened before the teams even took the field. Luis Urias came off the injured list and made his first start for the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 23 year old’s 2020 has been unlucky for sure. He suffered a broken left hamate injury in March and then tested positive for Covid-19 before the season picked back up.
Logan Morrison was designated for assignment to bring up Urias.
Brewers miss out in the first
Milwaukee needs to start producing runs with runners in scoring positions. They started with players on first and second with no outs. After Christian Yelich hit a grounder towards first, there was only one out with runners at second and third base.
Justin Smoak then struck out and Avisail Garcia had an unlucky shot right to Byron Buxton.
Brewers strike first
The Brewers scored the first run of the game in the second inning. After Luis Urias got his first single as a Milwaukee Brewer, Orlando Arcia hit a beautiful shot to left with two outs and brought Urias home.
Trouble Immediately Followed
The lead was short-lived. In the third inning, Yelich technically caught a foul ball but it came out of his glove too quickly. A single and a swinging bunt didn’t help matters. Then after hitting Nelson Cruz to load the bases, Eddie Rosario immediately hit a grand slam.
Adrian Houser ended his day going five innings, six hits and four earned runs.
Freddy Peralta came in to pitch the rest of the game, much like Corbin Burnes did last series. Peralta went four strong innings with eight strike outs and kept Milwaukee in the game down the stretch.
Offensive troubles again
Keston Hiura homered in the eighth inning to make it 4-2. Besides that, the Brewers’ inconsistent offense couldn’t get going again.
Milwaukee did make it interesting in the ninth. Manny Pina hit a Pineapple Special double with two outs to give the Brewers a chance. Mathias had a great pinch-hit at-bat, but sadly struck out to end the game.
Brewers lose to the Twins 4-2 and are now 6-8 on the season.
Luis Urias was impressive in his debut. He had his first single, looked comfortable and confident at the plate and played solid defense. He did technically have an error, but we can forget that happened.
The Brewers need a clean-up hitter. Milwaukee needs Braun back and in the clean-up spot. I love Hiura as DH and hitting second, but Smoak and Garcia are not bringing any pop to the number four spot. Something has to give so that some production can come after Yelich bats.
You gotta love what you are seeing right now with Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes. Milwaukee could always have them split games as the fifth starting pitcher, and each pitch three to four innings. It just might work…