MILWAUKEE – Thirteen last strikes for the 13 runs scored by the Milwaukee Brewers in their 13-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night at Miller Park.
1. Brent Suter is a pleasure for the casual baseball fan to watch pitch.
2. This isn’t because Suter has devastating stuff or an overwhelming fastball. Sure, he was fantastic on Friday night against Philadelphia, pitching seven innings while allowing one run on five hits on a career-high 105 pitches. But the reason the casual fan may love to watch Suter is due to the pace he pitches with.
3. Over the past few seasons Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has been pushing for the pace of the game to be hasted. Changes have been made such as shortening the time in-between innings and limiting mound visits in order to move games along quicker.
4. If every pitcher around were like Suter, Manfred would have no such problem. In the seven innings on the mound Friday, the longest amount of time between his first pitch thrown and the last out recorded was seven minutes and 48 seconds.
5. The enhanced microscope on the pace of the game certainly can get annoying. But watching Suter pitch at the pace he does is a very refreshing compromise between those that want the game sped up and those that want it left alone.
6. For Brewers fans, Philadelphia starter Jake Arrieta was also a treat to watch. He allowed eight runs (four earned) on seven hits over three and a third innings. Arrieta certainly wasn’t helped out by his defense either.
7. The Phillies entered the night with the second-most errors in the National League (50) trailing only the San Francisco Giants. By the time the night was over the Phillies had taken the lead from the Giants by committing four errors against the Brewers. Aside from the four miscues, the Phillies also had a wild pitch that scored a run for Milwaukee, as well as multiple other plays that were made despite a bobble or hiccup.
8. Giving any team — especially the one with the best record in the National League – extra outs is a bad idea. It came back to bite the Phillies on Friday night. Aside from that, the Milwaukee bats were scorching. The Brewers totaled 13 runs on 13 hits on the night.
9. Suter was also part of the offensive assault on the Phillies. He went 1-for-2 at the dish with two runs batted in but reached three times. Aside from his single he also got on base via an RBI-hit-by-pitch as well as on of the four Philadelphia errors. Suter became just the third pitcher in franchise history to score and drive in multiple runs in the same game and the first since George Lauzerique did so on April 12, 1970.
10. Lorenzo Cain also stayed hot at the plate, collecting two hits. It was the seventh time in his last nine games that Cain has had multiple hits. In that stretch he’s hit .375 for the Crew.
11. Friday was the sixth time this season that the Brewers scored 10 or more runs in a game, and they’ve now scored 12 runs or more in three of the four meetings with the Phillies this season.
12. It’s hard to equate on-field success to what the players are wearing, but it’s worth noting that the Brewers are now 6-1 on the season in the Friday night pinstriped uniforms. If that’s not a reason to move to this look full-time, it’s hard to guess what would be.
13. This three-game series continues on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Junior Guerra (3-4, 2.71 ERA) heads to the mound for Milwaukee and Zach Eflin (3-2, 3.63 ERA) will start for Philadelphia. First pitch is set for 3:10 p.m. CT.