Then Giants were a beaten team for eight innings at Oracle Park on Friday. Then here comes what should been a great, feel good ending to the night. The ninth inning fell apart for Josh Hader and all he could do is watch it happen from the pitchers mound. Harder is the usual closer with a untouchable fast ball, but quickly things got out of hand for Harder whom has been in a slump as of late. What should’ve been a morale boosting win turned into a morale busting ending, resulting in the worst loss of the year.
Most of the game the Brewers had everything under control. Compared to the Giants their defense was playing well.. Then in the fifth Andrew McCutchen hit a double and cleared the bases to stretch Milwaukee’s lead. Brandon Woodruff looked to get a victory after pitching most the game.Then the ninth inning arrived, and didn’t end quickly enough. The Giants pounced on nearly everything Hader offered up, belting three homers, with the dagger coming off the bat of Mike Yastrzemski in the form of a walk-off grand slam. This came two days after Hader struggled in a loss to Minnesota. He didn’t retire one batter and allowed a three run walk off home run to Jose Miranda.
Post game interview.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell made these comments, when asked about Hader’s struggles.“It was the fastball tonight,” manager Craig Counsell said. “They jumped on some fastballs. I think we’ve got to get to work and try to help him. Location’s always something that’s obviously important. He’s lived with a great fastball; hitters know a fastball is coming, and that’s been dominant. We’ve just got to take a look at it and get him straightened out.”
There has been many trade rumors lately and we can only watch and see if the Brewers stay behind Hader and help him out of this slump or if they have to trade him and try to get some fresh talent. We will keep you posted on any news that comes out but in the meantime check out these great articles.