The Brewers went into Tuesday’s game with a one game winning streak. They left with a two game winning streak after a wild win and a great beginning to their home stand.
Woodruff Slings Early
Brandon Woodruff got off to hot start with a 10-pitch inning and striking out the side. Then he retired the next three. And then the next three.
Former Brewer Mike “Moose” Moustakas did bring in two runs for the Reds in the fourth inning. Woodruff fell into some bad luck. He hit a batter and then gave up a half swing single which ended up with runners on second and third. Moose had a solid hit and the Brewers were down 2-0.
Brewers Answer Down Two
The Brewers were quick to answer and benefited from some luck. After Yelich was called safe on a close play at first, Hiura got a hit and Smoak hit a grounder that should have been a possible double play, but turned into a run for the Brewers with everyone safe.
Ben Gamel then hit an RBI double to tie the game at 2-2. Orlando Arcia brought in another run with a hit, which might have been two but Gamel was tagged out at home. After five runs total scored in the inning, the Brewers were up 3-2 going into the fifth.
Fifth Inning Crazier Than The Fourth
Woodruff got into trouble again, quickly loading the bases. Woodruff was able to strike out Joey Votto for the third time for a huge first out. When the Reds then hit a single, it almost appeared to be a catch-able fly ball.
When it bounced, Gamel was right there and fired a rocket to home plate. The Brewers got the force at home, which lead to a 10 minute discussion and arguments involving both managers. The home plate umpire originally forgot it was a force out. After Counsell approached, he then called an out. Out came Reds’ manager David Bell to argue until everything was settled and the out remained.
Woodruff was then able to get a pop out and got out of a bizarre inning without allowing any runs. Brandon would go six innings with four hits and six strike outs and the win.
The next few innings were very by-the-book. Brent Suter pitched an amazing 7th inning, and Devin Williams pitched another great outing after an impressive performance on Monday.
Going into the bottom of the 8th inning, Joey Votto was ejected running onto the field after having some choice words for the umpire. He struck out for the fourth time in the top of the 8th. Manager David Bell was quick to follow Votto with his own ejection.
Hader closed the door in the 9th with a relatively easy 1-2-3 inning.
Brewers win 3-2 and are currently in the 8th playoff spot for the National League.
Are the Brewers Buyers or Sellers? Time is running out before the trade deadline, but we might not know until the end of the Reds series. A lot of Central teams are losing this week while the Brewers are winning, and it’s going to get interesting.
Production All Around. Justin Smoak, Ben Gamel, and Omar Narvaez are all getting into a groove, and this team is unstoppable when you can get production from their entire line-up. It’s not just up to Yelich, Hiura, and Braun to get things done right now.
The Brewers Bullpen is Dangerous. Suter, Williams, Phelps, and Hader are a deadly group of pitchers. This team will win a lot of games if they are scoring runs and bringing in these guys to close the door.