The Brewers started off the 2018 season in dramatic fashion. Four of the ball club’s five wins came at their last at bat. If this was a preview of what is to come this year, be prepared for a bumpy but exciting (and maybe a little stressful) season. The Brewers lost two of the three games against the Cardinals in their opening home series.
Milwaukee then took on the Cubs for a four game series last weekend. The first game was a rough one for the Brewers. They were shut out against the Cubs and lost 8-0. The worst loss, though, came in the eighth inning when the Brewers star reliever, Corey Knebel went down with a hamstring injury. Knebel is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.
Friday night was an exciting one. The Cubs took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Brewers came fighting back in the fifth. Josh Hader started the inning off by getting his first major league hit followed by an Eric Thames homerun to tie it up. Travis Shaw played copycat and hit a two run homer of his own to put the Crew on top 4-2. Javier Baez hit an in the park homerun, once again tying the game up in the sixth. The game was on the line in the ninth inning with runners on first and third, Orlando Arcia stepped up to the plate and popped a single into right field, sealing the win for the Brewers.
The Brewers held a tight contest with the Cubs on Saturday. The Brewers struck first after a Thames homerun. The teams were all tied up at 2 until the top of the ninth inning when the Cubs plated three runs across, one coming off of a Ben Zobrist single. The Brewers lost it 5-2.
Sunday afternoon was the last game of the series. It was a quiet one for the Brewers offense thanks to the lights out pitching by Jose Quintana. The Cubs got on the board in the fourth inning with a Ben Zobrist single homerun. Almora hit an RBI double in the fifth to put the Cubs up by 2. The final score of the day came off of an error by Jesus Aguilar that led to another run across the plate by the Cubs.
The Brewers will hopefully look to get their bats going again as they begin a series in St. Louis for their second series against the Cardinals.