Following the 12-8 loss to the Yankees to finish the series, the Brewers made a roster move. Aaron Judge inched closer to the AL single season home run record with two blasts off Milwaukee. The Brewers were also able to hold their own against Gerrit Cole, scoring for runs off of him.
Brewers Swap Pitchers
Trevor Kelley came in and finished the game for the Brewers, pitching 2.1 innings. He gave up two runs off three hits and threw 32 pitches in relief. Kelley saw his ERA rise to 6.08 after what might be his final appearance of the season for the Brewers.
This appearance has been the story so far for Kelley. He has made 18 appearances this season and hasn’t lost a game, but he has struggled with giving up hits. Kelley gives up a hit every inning across his three season career, and he has given up 25 hits in 23.2 innings thus far. The Brewers never looked comfortable using Kelley and ultimately only pitched in blowouts.
Kelley was optioned by the Brewers to Triple-A Nashville for Jake Cousins. Cousins saw limited major league action earlier when he was called up. He pitched eight innings and finished with an ERA of 4.50 and two wins. Cousins has pitched a total of 38 innings at the major league level with a career 57 strikeouts. In Triple-A this year, Cousins had an ERA of 2.78 with 32 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.
The move was surprising, but overdue. Kelley was a player many analysts projected to lose his roster spot earlier this month during the roster expansion. However, due to injuries Kelley stayed on the MLB roster. It seemed as if the Brewers wanted to bring another pitcher before but they weren’t able to, and now given the extra use the bullpen has been getting another reliable arm is needed. Cousins could eat up some innings, especially since Matt Bush still isn’t ready yet after exiting the game against the Cardinals. Luckily, he isn’t projected to hit the IL.