Blake Lalli becomes everyone's favorite Brewer
If the Brewers want to get back to .500 sooner rather than later, they'll need guys like Blake Lalli to do what he did Wednesday night. Lalli, a minor league callup with 26 career at bats under his belt, delivered a game winning pinch hit RBI single in the 9th. It was yet another chapter in what is already a roller coaster 2013 season. We already know nothing is going to come easy for this Brewers team. That means guys like Lalli and Yuniesky Betancourt are going to have deliver a lot more that initially expected.
And both delivered on Wednesday. Lalli's clutch single in the 9th came as no surprise to manager Ron Roenicke who said Lalli is a smart guy and knew what he wanted to do in that situation. As for Betancourt, well, this is a whole new Yuni we're looking at. He homered and knocked in Carlos Gomez on a sacrific fly. Roenicke noted that Betancourt is more patient and more disciplined than before. That's two words you didn't hear at all throughout Betancourt's time in Milwaukee in 2011. He sure looks a lot more willing to at least take a pitch every now and then.
But again, that's what the Brewers are going to need with Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez still sidelined and Ryan Braun struggling at the plate. Though Braun did draw three walks he struck out in his only at bat, bringing his total to 11 strikeouts in his last 18 at bats. Normally that's catastrophic territory but the Brewers have strung together three wins in a row so Braun shouldn't feel any need to press at the plate.
Finally, there's Kyle Lohse, whose hard luck tour continued in his third start. Lohse has been everything the Brewers could have wanted thus far. He's gone at least six innings in each start while compiling a 2.70 ERA and no walks issued. Yet he's winless. Heck he was perfect through five innings before the Giants finally broke through. There's no need to worry about the win total if he can go out and pitch six or seven solid innings on a regular basis. The wins will come around for him just as the wins have finally started coming around for the Brewers. Of course it won't be easy but with solid starting pitching and some production from unlikely candidates the Brewers are headed in the right direction.