Dodger pitcher Brock Stewart made his major league debut at Miller Park Wednesday night, and for Brewer fans the simple mention of a pitcher making his MLB debut against their team flattens their beer, and send a chill down their collective spines. Too many times the Brewers have bitten by the “newbie” bug.
The 24 year old Stewart who posted impressive numbers during his mere 2 month stint in the minors, started out white hot inside the “Tapped Keg” (the roof open) at One Miller Park Way, striking out the first two batters he faced on just nine pitches, and got the resurgent, 6 time All-Star Ryan Braun to ground into a 6-3 ground out after just 2 more pitches. 11 pitches into his first big league game, things looked good for number 51, but, then came the second inning and the Brewers showed no mercy plating 5 runs on 6 hits one being a 3 run home run by Brewer’s center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Junior Gurrea the Crew’s 31 year old rookie is having a stellar season himself, he took his longest start of his career at any level eight strong innings, giving up only 2 hits allowing 2 walks while spreading out 7 strike outs. If it wasn’t for his pitch count being at 109, I believe he would’ve completed his first game in the majors.
The Brewer offense scored 7 times in their shut out, collecting 12 hits and stranding 5. Ryan Braun had two big hits resulting in 4 rbi, a double in the second where the Brewers batted around, and his 13 home run on the season, in the 8th.
As for the Dodger starter, he went 5 innings, gave up 8 hits (6 in the second inning) allowed 5 earned runs, 2 walks, and stuck out seven. He thew 95 pitches, 63 of them went for strikes. The rookie shouldn’t feel too bad after the game; 2007 Rookie of the Year and 2011 MVP Ryan Braun gave Stewart high praise:
“I thought he had really really good stuff …overall I thought he showed great poise, definitely has a chance to be really successful. I can see why he has had the success he has in the minors.”
The Brewers go for the series win Thursday afternoon.
(photos courtesy of: AP, Getty, Yvonne Kemp)