Starting pitcher Wily Peralta went the distance, allowing only three hits in nine innings. This marked the first complete game for the Brewers since the 2011 season, a span of over 400 games. Meanwhile, left fielder Logan Schafer hit his first career home run, a two-run shot which resulted in the game’s only runs scored.
Unexpected players stepping up and giving outstanding performances, like Peralta and Schafer, are what the Brewers need to get the team heading in the right direction.
On Wednesday afternoon, Milwaukee will look to sweep its first series in nearly three months. The Brewers will send out starting pitcher Johnny Hellweg to accomplish the feat. Hellweg will look to rebound from his poor performance in his last outing. He gave up seven runs, three earned, and seven hits with five walks in 3.2 innings. Hellweg’s official record currently stands at 0-2 with a whopping 12.79 ERA.
Former MVP Ryan Braun entered the lineup for the first time in a month during the Brewers win Tuesday night. Again, Braun will be in the lineup Wednesday and could provide the team with the spark they need to sweep the Reds.
In hopes of avoiding being swept at Miller Park, the Reds will send Mike Leake to the mound. Like Hellweg, Leake is also looking to rebound from his last outing in which he allowed four runs and two homers in five innings. The recent loss he suffered is not something he has been associated with. Leake has thrown the ball well all season, earning a 7-4 record with a 2.73 ERA.
Wednesday’s contest in an important one for the Brewers as they not only look to get an elusive sweep, but also show that they can compete and be a threat to any team.
Tristen Challe is a writer for rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle