I had a chance on a rare Sunday to watch the entire Brewers game. When I woke up that morning, I was surprised to see this article from ESPN:
Getting Brewers pitcher wrong (his name is Zach Davies ESPN editors), the article does make some good points about how good and a pleasant surprise, the Brewers offense has been this year.
However, there was one stat that you can’t measure which I noticed seeing Keon Broxton’s quote:
“Seeing the guys that hit before me and seeing the success that they have, I feed off of that,” Broxton said. “It gets my energy up. We’re low-key competitive with each other, and when we see a guy have success, we want to do just as good or better. That motivates the rest of the lineup. From top to bottom, we’re in there grinding.”
And what do you know, SI wrote a article about Broxton and his approach to hitting recently:
Back to this quote. Chemistry. This team battles together, fights together, and celebrates together. I have not seen so much togetherness in a Brewers team since 2011. And Mother’s Day vs the Mets was a perfect example of why Chemistry is a underrated stat.
Against the Mets Jacob deGrom the Brewers were down 7-1. You thought perhaps they won’t have it today, the sweep is not in the cards. And the Brewers continued to battle and battle back chipping away.
|JACOB DEGROM PITCHING:|
|Travis Shaw:||Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Shaw grounded out to pitcher.|
|Manny Pina:||Foul, Pina doubled to deep left.|
|Jhan Marinez:||Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marinez grounded out to first, Pina to third.|
|Keon Broxton:||Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Broxton homered to left center, Pina scored.|
|Orlando Arcia:||Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arcia struck out looking.|
|End of Inning (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)|
Mets 7 Brewers 3
|JACOB DEGROM PITCHING:|
|Domingo Santana:||Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana singled to center.|
|JERRY BLEVINS RELIEVED JACOB DEGROM.|
|Jonathan Villar:||Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Villar homered to left center, Santana scored.|
|Eric Thames:||Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Thames walked.|
|FERNANDO SALAS RELIEVED CURTIS GRANDERSON.|
|Hernan Perez:||Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked, Thames to second|
|WILMER FLORES AT THIRD.|
|Jesus Aguilar:||Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Aguilar doubled to deep center, Thames scored, Perez to third.|
|Manny Pina:||Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Pina grounded out to pitcher|
|JETT BANDY HIT FOR JHAN MARINEZ.|
|Jett Bandy:||Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bandy struck out swinging.|
|Keon Broxton:||Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Broxton struck out swinging.|
|End of Inning (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)|
Mets 8 Brewers 6
And then this happened in the 8th.
|FERNANDO SALAS PITCHING:|
|Orlando Arcia:||Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arcia walked.|
|Domingo Santana:||Ball, Strike swinging, Santana flied out to deep center.|
|Jonathan Villar:||Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Villar singled to deep right, Arcia to third.|
|JOSH EDGIN RELIEVED FERNANDO SALAS.|
|Eric Thames:||Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames hit by pitch, Villar to second.|
|ADDISON REED RELIEVED T.J. RIVERA.|
|Hernan Perez:||Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Perez singled to right, Arcia and Villar scored, Thames to second.|
|Jesus Aguilar:||Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Aguilar struck out swinging.|
|Manny Pina:||Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pina homered to left center, Thames and Perez scored|
|ERIC SOGARD HIT FOR NEFTALI FELIZ.|
|Eric Sogard:||Ball, Strike looking, Sogard grounded out to third.|
|End of Inning (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)|
Brewers 11 Mets 9 which was the final.
When Manny Pina came up to bat battling and battling foul ball after fall ball, he finally came up with the biggest hit of the season so far.
Unbelievable. I immediately thought this shared similarities with the Easter 1987 comeback.
IF and that is a big IF this rebuild team ends up making a run at the playoffs, we will look back to May 14, 2017 as a game that defined the season. Again, the Brewers are not supposed to make a playoff run. Saying that, it is clearly obvious the rebuild is going much quicker than anyone thought, me included.
The season is still a long ways to go. In any case, I absolutely love the way this team is playing now. They are fun to watch!! What an amazing day!!