The 24-year-old Brandon Woodruff made quite the appearance for the Brewers in his MLB debut Friday night.
This doesn’t come as a surprise being that almost 60 days ago he was set to start in St. Louis, but strained his right hamstring during warm-ups for the game, resulting in him being recalled down to AAA (Colorado Springs).
The right-handed pitcher from Wheeler, Mississippi, (who was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers) started the game hot for the Brewers with 6 1/3 shut out innings Friday evening. Woodruff only allowed seven hits (all singles), while giving up two walks and striking out six Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, ensuring a 2–0 win for the Brew Crew. As of Friday night, this win puts the Brewers within a half game of first place for the National League Central, right behind the Chicago Cubs.
On Friday night Brandon Woodruff became the 14th pitcher in Brewers history to win his major league debut as a starter, the last being (RHP) Jorge Lopez in 2015.
Orlando Arcia was also having a day (well a great birthday that is). Out of Milwaukee’s five hits, Arcia landed three. Starting out with a triple in the 5th inning and being brought into score from a base hit by Eric Thames. Jacob Faria (the rookie starter for the Tampa Bay Rays) was no match for Arcia that night. Woodruff ended the night at 97 pitches. Corey Knebel came in to get the save and allowed only one hit. The Brewers scored again in the 8th which ultimately led to their win 2-0.
The young guys definitely dominated the game last night against the Tampa Bay Rays, ensuring the win for the Brewers.
Although we have a successful pitching staff thus far, our bats are not as hot as they were at the beginning of season. Frankly we just aren’t hitting as we should. Once this team starts hitting the ball they will once again become a contender with the Cubs for NL Central.
Congratulations Brandon Woodruff with an impressive first game. Go Brewers.