Even though it was only one start, Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse matched the hype. The right-hander dominated in his outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a performance that was good enough to garner the win if the run support was there.
Lohse was backed by an offense that was without its No. 3 and No. 4 hitters for most of the game. Ryan Braun did not suit up due to neck spasms that came on during batting practice. Obviously, this was a critical loss right out of the gates as Braun accounts for a majority of the run production. Meanwhile, Aramis Ramirez sprained his knee sliding into second base while trying to stretch a single into a double.
It is evidently clear that a team without Braun, Ramirez and Corey Hart cannot get the job done. This is especially the case when Rickie Weeks and Jonathan Lucroy go 1-for-8.
Lohse did not have the backing of the big bats, but that did not stop him from showing everyone in Milwaukee what he is capable of accomplishing on the mound. The 34-year-old surrendered just one earned run on five hits in six innings. His five strikeouts were the first five outs of the game for the Brewers, and his six innings were the most by a Milwaukee starter this year.
The 12-year veteran looked very sharp in the first two innings in which he consistently painted the corners of the plate. Arizona’s hitters were completely fooled as Lohse’s fastball and changeup combination worked magic.
Unfortunately, the good times did not last. The Brewers’ bullpen was unable to keep men off base, and a wild pitch scored two runs for the Diamondbacks. Not to mention, the only offense came from Jean Segura’s first career home run.
The good news is the Brewers clearly have another talented veteran to man the rotation.