The Milwaukee Brewers dropped the final game and the series to the red-hot Arizona Diamondbacks. Janson Junk started in place of Brandon Woodruff, who was placed on the 15-Day IL earlier in the week. Junk went 4.2 innings, allowed 7 hits, two walks, five runs (four earned), and struck out two. Additionally, rookie relief pitcher Gus Varland gave up two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings pitched. In other words, it was a frustrating day for the Brewers on the mound.
Milwaukee had no issues getting hits on offense, however. Despite scoring just three runs, the Brewers totaled 11 hits on the afternoon, but went just 2-10 with runners in scoring position.
Obviously, it was not the result the Brewers wanted. However, there were plenty of bright spots that we can highlight as the Crew’s road trip continues in San Diego for the next few days.
1. Milwaukee Brewers Left Fielder Christian Yelich Had a Good Day at the Plate
Prior to the game, Brewers manager Craig Counsell stated that he believes that Christian Yelich is getting off to a good start. He noted that Yelich is healthy, and that getting him out there consistently will lead to production.
Well, it led to production on this day. Yelich was 2-5 at the plate with two RBI. His second hit was an opposite field single that plated two runs. Yelich is now hitting .245/.339/.327 for the season. While his batting average is not close to where it was prior to his knee injury, it is nice to see that he is driving the ball to the opposite field. If he continues to do this, that average will go up as the season progresses.
2. New Milwaukee Brewers Catcher William Contreras Stays Hot
Yes, William Contreras had two errors in this game. No, it did not affect the final outcome. It is important to remember, though, that the Brewers did not acquire Contreras this offseason for his defensive prowess. They got him for his bat.
And has that bat been hot lately! Contreras collected three more hits in the loss to the Diamondbacks, including a double in the fourth inning. He is now hitting .364/.417/.424 on the year.
3. Milwaukee Brewers Infielder Mike Brosseau Continued to Hit
Mike Brosseau may have gotten off to a slow start, but he has been on fire in the desert over the last two games. He continued to produce at the plate, going 1-3 with a walk and a RBI. Brosseau is now hitting .294/.368/.529 on the season.
- Luke Voit went 2-4 with a run scored
- Brice Turang went 2-4 with a run scored
- This ridiculous outfield assist from Joey Wiemer
Joey Wiemer and Brice Turang both saving a run pic.twitter.com/18lNn9l6hJ
— Pack the Brew (@PacktheBrew) April 12, 2023
Reasons to Be Concerned
- Rowdy Tellez continued to struggle at the plate; he is now hitting .147/.250/.353
- With Brandon Woodruff on IL, it is clear that Junk is not going to be a suitable replacement (yet)
- Going 2-10 with runners in scoring position is less than ideal
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