The Milwaukee Brewers (21-21) lose to the Kansas City Royals (19-22), 2-0, tonight inside Kauffman Stadium.
Another brilliant outing by Brandon Woodruff wasted. The lack of offense has wasted so many great starts by Brewers pitchers, particularly by Woodruff and Corbin Burnes.
Tonight the offense only had three hits and left four runners on base. The offense needs to figure it out, otherwise it’ll be a long final 120 games, because the offense has been pathetic through 42 games, there’s really not a nicer way to put it.
In the bottom of the eighth, Avisail Garcia made a perfect throw to home plate to throw out Whit Merrifield, however, home plate umpire Brian Gorman called Merrifield safe to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead.
The Brewers challenged the call, replays showed he was out, but New York stuck with the call on the field.
Lorenzo Cain postgame said: “I’ve given up on replay.” He then went on to talk about umpires/review have all of the angles and still end up getting it wrong too much.
Replay gets the calls right what seems like only a quarter of the time, which is still better than the Brewers’ offense.
The Royals went up 2-0 the next batter after a Luis Urias error, his second of the game and ninth in 38 games played this season.
The Brewers have gone all-in on Urias at shortstop, after trading away Orlando Arcia, and now Urias is killing them in the field.
The game ended up turning into an ump show. In the ninth inning, Garcia checked his swing, but was called a strike (that he didn’t check his swing). Garcia then complained and was ejected, then Craig Counsell was ejected.
Counsell postgame said he wasn’t as upset with the check-swing strike call on Garcia as he was for tossing Garcia for throwing his hands up. He said that a player should be able to show some emotion in the heat of the moment without being ejected. Counsell said “What’s wrong with showing emotion?”
Counsell talked about the errors by Urias: “There’s always going to be growing pains for younger players but when you’re trying to be a playoff team and championship team, there’s a limit to what you can withstand and still win baseball games.”
Counsell went on to say: “If you want to win a lot of baseball games, you have to limit those mistakes.” He also said they have been “fairly routine plays.”
The Brewers and Royals will play again at Kauffman Stadium tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM (Central Time).
Corbin Burnes (2-3, 1.57 ERA) will get the start for Milwaukee.
Brad Keller (3-4, 6.75 ERA) will get the start for Kansas City.