Jerad Eickhoff entered his start against the Brewers tonight having allowed only five earned runs over 30 IP this season. He had been even better at home, allowing only a single earned run in 16 IP. Strong to quite strong, I’d say.
None of that, however, mattered to the Brewers. Not at all.
Milwaukee had five runs across the plate by the third inning thanks to a pair of blasts by Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Braun—the first two homers Eickhoff allowed this season. Grandal’s three-run shot was a 399 foot rocket that opened the scoring:
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Not an egregiously poor pitch, but that’s too much plate for an 89.6 mph fastball. After the game, Eickhoff talked about it:
“Yeah, I mean. I’m trying to go up. I’m trying to go fastball up after a curveball, and looking back, I executed it,” Eickhoff said. “I’d have rather had it a little more inside, but I missed up, which is what you want to do, and he put a good swing on it.”
That he did.
An inning later, Braun, who is STILL killing the Phillies, launched his 14th career home run at Citizens Bank Park to make it 5-0.
Can we talk about this guy for a minute?