We as Brewer fans knew going in that this 2016 season is going to be long, mainly because of the rebuild. Things looked REALLY bleak Opening Day when the Crew lost 12-3 to the Giants at Miller Park. Tuesday was a little better, a loss none the less, but, at least it was a 2-1 loss in a pitcher’s dual, and not back to back blow outs..
Wednesday, game 3 of the first series of 2016, it was either save face with a win or get swept… thankfully it was the former and not the latter.
Brewer Starter Taylor Jungmann surrendered a double to the first batter of the afternoon Angel Pagan, who scored two plays later on an error by Jonathan Lucroy on a throw home by first baseman Chris Carter. Jungmann got some miraculous help getting out of the first, thanks to veteran third baseman Aaron Hill, on a play he made that manager Craig Counsell called “an incredibly difficult play.” Hill doubled up a runner going home after catching a pop fly over his shoulder in shallow left running away from home plate.
The Crew matched the one run deficit in their half of the first, and it was game on. Both the Brewers and Giants scored single runs in the second, then in the bottom of the third Chris Carter’s bat awoke for only his second hit of the series, a home run which gave the Brewers the lead, 3-2.
Side note, the homer by Carter scribes his name on top of the list, as the hitter with the most career homers off of Giants starter Jeff Samardzija with 4.
After the Giants tied the game in the 6th, it was Carter again coming up big with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th to score Scooter Gennett, and give the Brewers a 4-3 lead, one they would not relinquish.
The first win and save of 2016 go to Tyler Thornburg and Jeremy Jeffress respectfully. Next up at One Miller Park Way… former Brewer fan favorite Carlos Gomez, and the Houston Astros.
(photos courtesy: Yvonne Kemp, fox sports, climbingalshill, eog)