By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on April 4, 2014
The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on a day that the home team received their 2013 World Series rings. It was a great win because it showed what the Brewers could be capable of this season. There was plenty to take away from the victory, including these five promising signs.
There weren’t too many times last season that the Brewers could say a first baseman was responsible for a win. However, first baseman Lyle Overbay, who was hitless prior to his at-bat in the ninth inning, recorded a two-RBI double to give Milwaukee the lead. Hopefully, the hit is all the veteran needed to get going at the plate.
Ryan Braun has struggled mightily to begin the 2014 season. I’m talking 1-for-16 in four games bad. The good news is the Brewers were able to put up 12 hits and six runs on the defending world champs in a game in which Braun went 0-for-5 at the plate.
People looked at me crazy when I said Milwaukee’s pitching this season would be good enough to get them to the playoffs. So far, it has proven me right. Marco Estrada allowed just two runs, one earned, on four hits over 5 2/3 innings against a potent offense. The bullpen followed it up with three scoreless innings. In fact, Will Smith, Brandon Kintzler and Francisco Rodriguez gave up only one hit over that span.
One of the biggest fears that appeared to be on the mind of Brewers fans this past offseason was that Milwaukee wouldn’t have the offense to get the job done. The fact that they’ve averaged 2 ½ runs per game in four contests this season is a bit alarming. However, the bats did emerge late in the game against the Red Sox as the Brewers scored four runs in the ninth inning. If that’s not a promising sign, I don’t know what it is.
It’s still early, but Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez are playing out of this world on offense. The three players, all of which are batting over .400 on the season, combined for eight hits against Boston. The hope is that all three can remain hot at the plate.
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