By Adam Roberts – 10/11/2021
My Twitter timeline is a joy to watch whenever the Brewers are losing/about to lose a ballgame.
It would appear that a large chunk of those appearing in my feed have given up on the Brewers after their 3-0 loss to the Braves today, or more specifically given up on the Milwaukee offense. They struggled again today with nine strikeouts against Braves’ pitching, but perhaps the most damning statistic is their work with runners in scoring position. So far in the NLDS, the Brewers are 0-16 with RISP in the series, and that includes 0-8 today.
There was some good defense early, with a nifty relay from Christian Yelich to Kolten Wong for a double play which kept a run from scoring on an attempted sac fly. Unfortunately you have to score runs to make those plays count and that was something the Brewers couldn’t do again today.
I should give pitcher Freddy Peralta credit; he threw well today over his four innings of work allowing no hits and striking out five. But manager Craig Counsell pulled Peralta early to give Daniel Vogelbach a pinch-hit opportunity with two on. As the score indicates, that plan didn’t end up working out.
Milwaukee now finds themselves in a win-or-go-home situation in Game Four tomorrow. As for the pitcher the team is meeting tonight to discuss their options, but Counsell today said they won’t pitch Corbin Burnes on short rest.