The Milwaukee Brewers dropped the third game of their four-game series with the San Diego Padres. A day after putting up double-digit runs, the Brewers allowed 10 while scoring just three. The loss drops Milwaukee to 10-5 on the season, which is still the second-best record in the National League and the third-best record in all of Major League Baseball. In such a big loss, it is sometimes hard to find the positives. One must remember it is one game out of 162, and as I mentioned, Milwaukee has the third best record in MLB. Losses like this happen. It is important to find the positives before one becomes a jaded, no-fun troll on social media.
#1. Milwaukee Brewers Backup Catcher Victor Caratini Goes 4-4
The Brewers may have had trouble scoring runs, but they had no problem getting hits. In fact, Milwaukee matched San Diego’s 12 hits with 12 of their own. Four of those came off of the bat of backup catcher Victor Caratini. All four hits were singles and brought Caratini’s 2023 batting line to .438/.550/.438 on the season.
#2. Milwaukee Brewers Leadoff Hitter Christian Yelich Gets on Base
It is hard to see where this Brewers offense would be on the season without Christian Yelich leading off. His 14 runs scored are second in the National League and there has just been one game all season in which he didn’t reach base at least once. Yelich led off this game with a walk and scored on a Jesse Winker RBI double. He also single and stole a base later in the game.
Unfortunately, like almost every Brewers player in this game, he struggled with runners on base. As a team, Milwaukee was just 2-12 with runners in scoring position.
The team got bad news about Brandon Woodruff’s injury possibly keeping him out until August, but this game was a good reminder to be positive about the relative health of this team. Jesse Winker returned to the lineup after missing a few games with bronchitis. Additionally, rookie relief pitcher Gus Varland avoided major injury when he was hit in the hand/face by a line drive off the bat of Manny Machado. After the game, Varland said he was more mad about the location of his slider. X-rays were negative on his hand and he kept all of his teeth.
Gus Varland: “I’m more mad about the slider location” than the 105 mph screamer at his face. X-rays were negative on his right hand, which took the brunt of it. Teeth are all good. “I felt like I could have kept going, but I think that’s the adrenaline talking there.” pic.twitter.com/iOqXR4LRLN
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 15, 2023
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