“It’s like starting the season over” said Brewer infielder Jonathan Villar in reference to last night’s game during his post game interview. As Brewer fans know too well #5 has been struggling this year so far, after having a breakout season in 2016. In 2016, Villar led both leagues in stolen bases (62) and was third in batting average on the Brewers squad at .285, definitely a catalyst on that team.
For the first two months here in 2017, Jonathan has been struggling, batting just .210 and have whiffed 73 times so far, but, a little “home cooking” and a talk with manager Craig Counsell, Villar may be on the way to turning things around. In last nights 6-3 win over the Giants at Miller Park the Brewer’s second baseman went 2-4 with a triple in the 3rd and homered to right field in the 7th. Throw in a couple defensive gems, and the Crew may have Johnny V back!
Villar also said in last night’s interview, he spoke with Counsell earlier in the week about playing time after losing some starts to Eric Sogard, and just the other day got some advise from his mom (who has played professional ball herself). She watches everyone of his games weather at the park or at home, and in so many words told him that he needs to stop thinking so much, forget about arbitration, and just go out and play
The only ironically negative outcome to Johnny’s resurgence last night was that his blood was tested after the game, and according to him, the only other time this season was during Spring Training. Brewer fans are all too familiar with their sluggers being “tested” after outstanding performances, just ask them about Eric Thames who has been tested 6 times already this season.
(Photos courtesy of Benny Sieu, AP)