The way manager Craig Counsell saw it, the only way for Brewers starting pitchers to go was up.
Last Saturday, New York starting pitcher Steven Matz missed his scheduled start with elbow discomfort, and Brewers manager Craig Counsell said the team would discuss using alternatives to starting pitcher Wily Peralta after another subpar outing. The dust has settled, however, and both pitchers are lined up for Friday’s contest.
Domingo Santana joined Ryan Braun on the bench as a late scratch Thursday as nagging injuries continue to affect the Brewers’ lineup in their series against the Cubs.
If you feel like the Brewers have been playing nothing but close games recently, you’re not alone — just ask the bullpen.
With two of their best hitters on the bench, the Brewers beat longtime nemesis Jason Hammel on Thursday for an unlikely series victory over the first-place Cubs.
The Brewers, a small-market club in rebuilding mode, became David when their starting pitching evolved into a weapon, a slingshot of sorts in this case. Their victory over the Cubs in this series was as entertaining as it was unpredictable.
Closer Jeremy Jeffress suffered his first blown save on a long night of frustration for the Brewers.
Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel, who is 8-0 against Milwaukee, starts the matinee finale of a series with the Brewers. The Crew sends out journeyman Junior Guerra, who is coming off a scoreless outing and is 2-0 in three starts.
The Cubs held off the Brewers in 13 innings, tying the game in the ninth off closer Jeremy Jeffress, escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 12th and winning in the 13th, 2-1, on pitcher Travis Wood’s bases-loaded walk.
Scooter Gennett made a diving stop to his right on a sharp grounder off the bat of Jason Heyward and flipped the ball with his glove to Jonathan Villar, who made a barehand turn for a spectacular double play Wednesday night.
Brewers reliever Will Smith, attempting a non-surgical comeback from a torn ligament in his right knee, participated in pitchers’ fielding practice Tuesday in another significant test.