> Not suprisingly, the first game against a team not named the Pirates or Cubs in nearly two weeks for the Brewers went horribly. They fell to the last-place Marlins, 7-3, at the heels of a five-run fourth inning for the Fish.
The Brewers jumped on Ricky Nolasco in the second inning on Carlos Gomez’s two-run home run, but Mike Fiers served up the lead in a big way in the fourth. RBI singles from Donnie Murphy, Donovan Solano, and Jose Reyes highlighted the damage.
FIERS’ CHANCES AT ROY WEAKEN
> Fiers was roughed up today, and was uncharacteristically inefficient. He went just 3 1/3 innings while giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits. He walked four- a career-high- and struck out four. Fiers needed 83 pitches to reach only the first out of the fourth inning.
He just hasn’t been the same pitcher since that two inning, eight run disaster in Colorado. He did post back-to-back good outings against the Pirates and Cubs prior to this start, but still hasn’t looked nearly as dominant as he did during that run of about eight starts in which he had a sub-2.00 ERA.
Fiers had to come back to earth at some time and we all knew it, but, in this case, returning to earth is killing Fiers’ chance at winning the Rookie of the Year award. I figured if he could somehow keep his ERA under 2.00 and rack up a few more wins, he would win it easily. Unfortunately, he had the bad luck of stopping in Colorado for one of his starts, which will kill any pitcher’s ERA.
Fiers now sits at an 8-7 record with a 3.11 ERA. Neither of those are bad, but Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley- who is Fiers’ biggest competition- is 14-9 with a 2.90 ERA. Miley would definitely win it if the season ended today (and I would agree with it), and the only Fiers can continue to compete with him is if he can keep his ERA below 3.00.
> One key error that was the turning point of Fiers’ outing came in the fourth inning when Nolasco was trying to put down a squeeze with the bags loaded. Fiers ran in and tried to shovel the ball to the plate with his glove, but flat-out missed the ball and was charged with the error.
In my opinion, he should’ve just picked up the ball with his hand and flipped it to the plate; that’s a much safer play and he would have had a better chance at getting the out.
> Brandon Kintzler was the first of the Brewers’ September call-ups, which completes his journey back to the Majors after dealing with many different injuries. He fired a scoreless inning in his return.
> Hunter Morris won the Southern League MVP. He socked 28 home runs with 113 RBIs for the Stars.
But, according to Ron Roenicke, he won’t be a September call-up, and nor will fellow prospect Caleb Gindl.
> Hiram Burgos, who came out of nowhere as the best pitcher in the organization this year, threw six scoreless innings today. He finished with a cumulative 1.95 ERA in Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A. Burgos hasn’t been ruled out as a possible September call-up.
> Nolasco had a 9.47 ERA in his career against the Brewers coming into today, but went seven innings while giving up three runs (one earned) today.
> The Brewers had four errors: two from Fiers, one from Jean Segura, and one from Rickie Weeks.
> Tomorrow’s match-up:
Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.35 ERA) vs. Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 2.49 ERA)