The Milwaukee Brewers desperately needed a win after losing five straight games, and it could not have come at a better time. The Brewers defeated their division rival, the Chicago Cubs, 7-4 on Opening Day in the Windy City.
The story of the game has to be Milwaukee jumping out to a fast start, while compiling 12 hits on the day. The Brewers scored four runs in the first inning after Alex Gonzalez walked with the bases loaded and Martin Maldonado followed with a three-RBI double. Norichika Aoki, Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun and starting pitcher Marco Estrada all chimed in with hits of their own throughout the contest.
The 12 hits were Milwaukee’s second most in a single game this season behind the 16 they recorded in an 8-7 extra-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon. It is impressive that the team was able to put up 28 hits in two games, a trend manager Ron Roenicke would certainly like his players to continue.
Braun has to be another major offensive storyline from Monday’s victory. The slugger missed the last three games with neck spasms, and the Brewers were unsure if he would be able to suit up against the Cubs. In fact, Milwaukee did not know he would be able to play until after he took pre-game batting practice. Thankfully, Braun was a go and the left fielder did not disappoint. He went 3-for-5 with two monster doubles and an RBI. He also scored a run in the first inning and walked once as well.
The Brewers will be looking for their first two-game win streak of the season when they take on the Cubs tomorrow night at Wrigley Field.