The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-3 in the first game of a three-game series between the two teams. The late-night game saw a great many positives from this team, which still remains atop the National League Central Division by two games. The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are tied for second place while the Cincinnati Reds are 4.5 games back while the St. Louis Cardinals, who many picked to win the division, are in last place at five games back. Of course, it is still very early in the season; however, early returns sure are promising.
#1. Milwaukee Brewers Rookie Peter Strzlecki
Corbin Burnes left the Brewers’ win with a pectoral strain (more on that later). In relief, rookie Peter Strzlecki recorded the final two outs of the sixth inning to preserve the lead. So far this season, Strzlecki is tied with Hoby Milner for the most relief appearances on the team (eight). In his eight appearances, he has not allowed a single run to cross the plate.
The bullpen was a major question mark on this team going into the season. So far, Strzlecki has proven to be as reliable as anyone could have asked him to be. Not bad for a rookie!
#2. Milwaukee Brewers’ Offseason Additions Contribute to the Win
Prior to the season, the Brewers were criticized by fans for not making any huge moves in free agency. As it turns out, the players they signed or acquired in other ways have become major producers for the team. This was true on Monday night as Brian Anderson went 3-5 with with a run and RBI. William Contreras and Luke Voit each went 1-4 with a run and RBI a piece. Finally, Owen Miller (pictured above) went 1-2 with a RBI.
#3. Brice Turang
Despite not starting the game, Brice Turang hit the only home run for the Brewers in their 7-3 win. His late-inning solo home run was his second on the season. Interestingly, he passed his dad, Brian Turang, for most career home runs in the family. Along with his stellar defense, Turang has been everything the Brewers were hoping he’d be when he made their Opening Day roster.
One Area of Concern
- As mentioned, Corbin Burnes left the game early with a pectoral strain. There is hope he will be able to make his next start, but with Brandon Woodruff, Aaron Ashby, and Adrian Houser still out, Milwaukee cannot afford to lose any more starting pitchers.
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