Brewers take one win against the Rays as another injury hits the starting pitching rotation
I miss when they were the Devil Rays
The Milwaukee Brewers went into the lifeless shopping mall the Tampa Bay Rays call a ballpark over the weekend and came away with one win in three games. The series was truly there for the taking, but we can't always get what we want.
Friday’s 1-0 loss saw Adrian Houser duel step for step with Shane McClanahan, but the offense failed to produce any runs. Saturday’s 8-4 loss was the latest troubling outing from Eric Lauer, as he allowed three homers and six earned runs in only three completed innings.
Thankfully they closed out the series with a victory. A solid start from Freddy Peralta, three long balls, and a four-out save from Devin Williams sealed the 6-4 triumph. Next up is a return home to face the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros.
Master Brewer Leaderboard (through 46 games)
(The Master Brewer Leaderboard is a season-long leaderboard tracking and ranking exceptional performances from Brewers players in the form of Master Brew Points 🍺, which at the end of the season will tally up to crown our Crewsing for a Brewsing Player of the Year.)
Devin Williams came into a jam in the 8th inning once again and managed to escape. His four-out save gives him seven saves on the season and his ERA is down to 0.59 over 15.1 innings.
Adrian Houser 🍺
Adrian Houser did all he could to give The Crew a chance to win on Friday night. Houser worked six innings without allowing a run while striking out four Rays. The injuries to the starting rotation mean that Adrian Houser returning to form is more important than ever.
Joel Payamps 🍺
Joel Payamps continues to be the most reliable arm in the bullpen not named Devin Williams. Payamps worked a pair of scoreless innings against the Rays and he remains in second place for the most innings worked out of the pen.
Bryse Wilson 🍺
The player that leads the Brewers in innings out of the bullpen is Bryse Wilson. Wilson bounced back from a mini-slump by tossing three scoreless innings in relief of Eric Lauer on Saturday. He kept Milwaukee in the contest and lowered his ERA back down to 2.92.
With hits in each game (and two hits on Sunday) Owen Miller has extended his hitting streak to 13 games and his on-base streak to 22 games. This offensive outburst has come as a surprise, as Miller’s .873 OPS now leads the team. He even flashed some leather in this series by making several stellar plays at third base.
It’s been a weird stretch of the season for Rowdy. An assortment of left-handed starting pitchers lately have seen him relegated to the bench more than you’d like. He only recorded one hit against the Rays, Sunday’s homer, but he also managed to walk three times.
Brian Anderson has seen some regression from his hot start in recent weeks, but this series has seen him regain some of that power and patience. He finished the series 3-for-9 with a homer, three walks, one run, and three RBI.
Welcome to the leader board Mr. Darin Ruf. Ruf broke out of his shell at Tropicana Field, giving way to a 3-for-6 series with a walk, a double, and a run scored. Luke Voit has still not returned from injury, so Ruf’s audition is likely to continue.
Leaderboard through 46 games
Devin Williams: 🍺x11
Rowdy Tellez, Brian Anderson, Peter Strzelecki: 🍺x8
Christian Yelich, Bryse Wilson, Joel Payamps: 🍺x7
William Contreras, Willy Adames: 🍺x6
Owen Miller, Corbin Burnes, Hoby Milner, Freddy Peralta, Joey Wiemer, Wade Miley, Brice Turang, Garrett Mitchell: 🍺x5
Elvis Peguero: 🍺x4
Jesse Winker, Victor Caratini, Eric Lauer: 🍺x3
Brandon Woodruff, Gus Varland, Javy Guerra, Colin Rea, Jake Cousins, Tyrone Taylor: 🍺x2
Mike Brosseau, Luke Voit, Matt Bush, Tyson Miller, Trevor Megill, Adrian Houser, Darin Ruf: 🍺