If Andrew McCutchen will get again to hitting left-handers as successfully as he has for a lot of his profession, it might go a great distance towards serving to the Milwaukee Brewers to a fifth straight playoff berth.
McCutchen homered twice Thursday and Hunter Renfroe additionally went deep off left-hander Andrew Heaney in Milwaukee’s 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3, splitting the four-game sequence.”We bought a extremely good day from our guys which have hit left-handed pitching very well, and that is Hunter and Cutch,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell stated. “Huge hits from them with males on base. Cutch had an enormous day, a extremely impactful day.”
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 18: Andrew McCutchen #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers runs the bases following a house run throughout the first inning in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers at American Household Discipline on August 18, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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McCutchen entered Thursday batting .302 for his profession with a .396 on-base share and .940 OPS in opposition to left-handers. This season’s been a little bit completely different: .241 in opposition to left-handers and .257 in opposition to right-handers.It is not simply McCutchen, the Brewers altogether are struggling in opposition to lefties. The group entered Thursday ranked twenty fifth out of 30 major-league groups in OPS in opposition to left-handers, and their .218 batting common in opposition to lefties ranked second-to-last forward of solely Miami.”It was simply good to have a few good at-bats,” McCutchen stated. “It would not matter if it is proper or left. We’ll face each of them.”
McCutchen had three RBIs for his nineteenth profession multi-homer recreation and first since June 1, 2021, when he additionally hit a pair for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 17-3 blowout of the Cincinnati Reds. His homers on Thursday had been a solo shot within the first inning and a two-run blast within the third.Renfroe, who went 3 for 3, added a two-run homer within the fifth to assist the Brewers construct a 5-0 lead.”Stuff occurs and you’ve got simply bought to make pitches,” Heaney stated. “Similar to with something, it would not actually change with how I method something. I simply have to lock in and have to make a little bit bit higher pitch there.”Heaney (1-1) struck out 10 however allowed 5 runs, 5 hits and one stroll in 4 2/3 innings.
Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes (9-5) held the Dodgers scoreless for 5 innings earlier than working into bother within the sixth. The reigning NL Cy Younger Award winner ended up putting out six and permitting three runs, six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.Devin Williams struck out the aspect within the ninth for his eighth save in as many alternatives.The Dodgers bought again within the recreation by scoring three runs within the sixth inning.Brewers heart fielder Tyrone Taylor, who reached over the fence to catch a drive from Tampa Bay’s David Peralta on Aug. 9, almost robbed an opposing participant once more on a two-out shot from Gavin Lux. The ball was initially in Taylor’s glove however fell out and bounced again into play after he reached his arm over the center-field wall.”I assumed it was a heck of an effort,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “It is most likely one of many higher non-catches you may ever see.”Lux’s two-run triple lower Milwaukee’s result in 5-3 and took Burnes out of the sport. Brad Boxberger changed Burnes and walked Joey Gallo to place runners on the corners earlier than putting out Chris Taylor to finish the risk.TRAINER’S ROOMRoberts is hopeful that RHP Brusdar Graterol can be obtainable for this weekend’s sequence with the Miami Marlins. Graterol hasn’t pitched since July 10 attributable to a shoulder damage however has been on a rehabilitation task with Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis.
BREWERS’ MOVEThe Brewers reinstated RHP J.C. Mejía and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville. Mejía has served his 80-game suspension after testing optimistic for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.C Jakson Reetz was designated for task.NEXT UPDodgers: Return residence to face the Marlins. LHP Tyler Anderson (13-2, 2.81) pitches for the Dodgers and LHP Jesús Luzardo (3-5, 3.72) begins for the Marlins on Friday.Brewers: Head to Chicago to start a three-game sequence with the Cubs. Scheduled starters Friday are LHP Aaron Ashby (2-10, 4.24) for the Brewers and RHP Keegan Thompson (9-5, 3.67) for the Cubs.