Brandon Woodruff has a simple plan for today’s game: pitch, go home, and become a dad. Following today’s game, the Brewers’ ace will return home to Mississippi for the birth of his child. Like the Angels’ Mike Trout, who had a son earlier this season, he will be able to rejoin the team after a few days.
The Brewers have taken the first two games of this four-game series. Last night’s win was a wild one, as Josh Hader blew his first save of the season. Things were not looking good, but the Crew walked it off on an unexpected walk-off home run by Eric Sogard in the bottom of the ninth. Perhaps Craig-tember has started early.
Woodruff Looks to Continue Roll
Brandon Woodruff started the season in dominant form, but had a couple rough starts against the Cubs and Twins. However, in his previous start, Woody bounced back allowing just two runs in six innings while striking out eight. Woodruff has kept his walk numbers low so far this season, but has been the victim of bad luck as many ground balls have snuck through the infield for hits. He is currently 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA.
Steven Brault Attempts to Bounce Back
Steven Brault was, simply, not very good in his last start. He pitched just three innings, walked four, gave up five hits, and allowed four runs in just three innings. He also did not record a single strikeout. Prior to that, though, he had put together a run of strong starts, including five innings of two-hit shutout ball against the Indians in a game the Pirates would go on to lose. In fact, the Pirates have lost every single game Brault has pitched for them, including the July 27 game against the Brewers that saw Brault come in as a reliever. He is 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA so far this season.
Counsell is bringing out a mostly right-handed lineup to face the lefty, Brault:
Here’s this afternoon's lineup vs. the Pirates at 1:10 p.m. CT.
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