In a match-up against the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers took them down. The star of the night was former Cubs pitcher Matt Garza. In an earlier interview, Garza said he wanted to kick the Cubs’ teeth in every chance he got. The Cubs felt the pressure put on them by Garza.
It was a great outing for Garza in the 5-2 win. Garza was able to hold strong for his team. Only allowing four hits in the game with two earned runs, he has started to show the Brewers what they wanted to see. He had a very consistent night with one walk and seven strike-outs. Garza joined the team this year with hopes of making a play-off run. From the way things are going, that may very well be possible.
The Brewers showed off their offense early in the game, bringing in two runs in the first inning and following that up with one in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The offense was clicking completely. They had chances in almost every inning to make something happen.
Scooter Gennett doubled to deep left in the first to score Carlos Gomez, giving the Brewers the lead early in the game. It was a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. Ryan Braun singled to left allowing Gennett to score, giving the Brewers a two-run lead in the first.
Jonathan Lucroy singled to left in the third, scoring Gomez and moving Braun to second. In the fourth, Lyle Overbay hit a home run into right center, punishing the ball and hitting it 394 feet. The final score for the Brewers came in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to left to score Braun.
Garza was done after the seventh inning and fans were pleased, to say the least. After Garza’s comment about kicking in the teeth of the Cubs, it was clear in his first game against them he was serious.
Ryan Braun had a great night with one run and three hits off Carlos Villanueva. He led the team with a .321 batting average and a .366 on base percentage.
Carlos Gomez was the star of the night though, scoring twice on three hits. Gomez has given the Brewers the offense they have been looking for. Batting first is never easy for a player, The pressure is on, but Gomez seems to have kept his composure and played well in the number one spot. He has given the Brewers a chance to score quickly and early in each game they play.
Emerging also is second baseman Gennett. He had one hit, one run, and one walk on the night. The top of the lineup has become a given for the Brewers. They are doing their job, getting on base and giving Milwaukee a chance to score early and frequently.
Matt Garza held tough on the night, giving the Cubs exactly what he promised; a kick in the teeth. Although Garza was unable to make any headway in the offense, he was the star pitcher in the game. After pitching seven innings, Zach Duke came in to relieve him. Duke pitched one inning, giving up one hit and striking out three. Francisco Rodriquez followed up Duke with two strike-outs and no hits, taking the save and giving the Brewers a win of 5-2.
Commentary by Jabar Morarend