MILWAUKEE – Fans of the Milwaukee Brewers should have been used to nerve-wracking finishes since last season, but the team has not shown any signs that 2018 will be easier.
The Brewers have won five games this season All but one of them were won in the last inning:
They drove on Opening Day in the twelfth inning in San Diego for Opening Day, and the Brewers followed suit with a five-inning. Run-ninth, including a three-brown ryan, for an 8-6 win in Game 2 of the season.
Milwaukee rallied after opening the home section of the schedule with a loss for the Cardinals, back the next night and went away after Christian Yelich and Braun back-to-back home runs in the ninth for one 5-4 victory had beaten.
Now, having suffered through two games without even a run, the brewers bounced back to life with another walk-off victory Friday night, their four-game series with the Cubs at AG Amieie.
"This is part of the rollercoaster, which is part of the ride," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. "This is the baseball season, there will be tough games, there will be games that are a lot of fun."
His team will try to build on this momentum on Saturday while the series features Chicago's Yu Darvish (0-0, 1
Darvis, the Cubs' $ 126 million sideline, did not fare well in his first appearance in Chicago. He served a two-run homer in the opening inning in Miami and could not leave fifth place. He gave up three more runs before he made way for the Bullpen of the Cubs
. Only 59 of his 102 places were punches But Darvish admitted that he relied heavily on his fastball and pusher against the Marlins and plans to expand his arsenal against Milwaukee.
"I have a lot of pitches, including my fastballs," said Darvish. "So I want to include all those pitches and combine them all for my next outing."
Darvish has hit the Brewers only once in his career, and he was marked with a loss while he allowed three runs on six strokes to five innings for the Dodgers last August in Los Angeles.
Signed to a six-year deal, though, Darvish knows that Saturday's meeting is likely to be the first of many in, making a fierce rivalry.
"There wants to be many opportunities to face them," said Darvish through his interpreter. "So I hope that as a pitcher (division rival) I can have a very unpleasant image."
Davies was not overly keen in his debut in 2018 either. He recorded the loss in Milwaukee's house opener, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, while striking out six without a walk over 5 2/3 innings of work.
"It's probably one of the worst games to go there and not give up your stuff and style," said Davies, the Brewers' leader last year in victories (17), starts (33) and innings (191 1/3) , "It's a fun day, and having eight runs from the other team on the board will affect the day."
He has done well in the past against the Cubs and went 5-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 10 career starts, including a 2-2 mark with a 3.66 ERA against Chicago last season.