This is not an April Fools joke, the Milwaukee Brewers (1-0) took down the Minnesota Twins (0-1) this afternoon, 6-5, in 10 innings in the 2021 season opener at Miller Park, er, I mean American Family Field.
I hate mixing politics with sports, but it’s great having the Mayor of Ding Dong City back on the Brewers roster. Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a walk.
Shaw got the Brewers on the board with a bases loaded walk to cut the deficit to 2-1. Then after the Brewers failed to record a hit from the 6th through the 8th, Shaw was at the plate again with two runners on base trailing 5-3 in the Bottom of the Ninth. Shaw hit a double to score both runs and tie the game at 5-5.
After Josh Hader had a dominant pitching performance in the Top of the 10th, Orlando Arcia ended up being a hero after hitting a slowish chopper with runners on the corners, scoring Lorenzo Cain who slid home safely avoiding the tag to win it.
We’re one game in, but Christian Yelich is already off to a significantly better start to 2021 than the way he started (and played) in 2020. Yelich went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
Brandon Woodruff got the opening day nod to start. He went just four innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs and two walks while striking out five.
Freddie Peralta went two innings, striking out six and allowing two hits.
Hader earned the win.
The Brewers and Twins will get tomorrow off and then play Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s pitching matchup will be Corbin Burnes for the Brewers and Jose Berrios for the Twins. First pitch for Saturday is scheduled for 6:10 PM (Central Time).
Most major TV providers are giving at least the first week of MLB Extra Innings for free of charge, so you’ll be able to watch it on there if you’re out of the Brewers/Twins local tv market.