Milwaukee Brewers rookie Garrett Mitchell is in his first full season in The Bigs after being drafted by the organization with the No. 20 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. The 24-year-old recorded his first walk-off home run against the Mets on Wednesday, and attributed his success to his wife not being in attendance.
Mitchell, who played at UCLA, married Haley Cruse in 2021. Cruse plays professional softball for the USSA Pride, but is best known for her time at Oregon and has nearly one million followers on TikTok.
The Brewers did not spend much in free agency, as the only notable addition was left-handed starter Wade Miley. But Milwaukee did make a handful of trades. The Brewers shipped Hunter Renfroe off to LA for three pitchers, and also acquired catcher William Contreras from the Atlanta Braves.
But one trade that may begin to hurt the Milwaukee Brewers are in contention is the absence of Kolten Wong. The Seattle Mariners acquired Wong in a deal that brought former All-Star Jesse Winker and infield prospect Abraham Toro to the Cream City.
Will the Brewers regret trading Kolten Wong to the Mariners?
There was certainly merit to making the swap. Moving Kolten Wong will allow the Milwaukee Brewers to anoint Brice Turang as the team’s starting second baseman in 2023. Turang manned the keystone so far this season, and so long as Willy Adames is part of the club, that’s likely where Turang will remain.
It’s really not so much the idea that Milwaukee waved goodbye to Wong. Though he’s been very durable and an NL Central killer over the years, Wong is in the final year of his deal and was unlikely to be re-signed during the offseason.
But what did the Brewers really get in return? Jesse Winker was an All-Star in 2021, but the former Cincinnati Reds outfielder struggled mightily with his new club after being dealt prior to Opening Day last season.
After slashing .305/.394/.556 and mashing 24 homers for the Reds in 2021, Winker hit a paltry .219/.344/.344 and smacked only 14 round trippers. The 29-year-old was also said to be a bit of a malcontent in the Mariners clubhouse.
Furthermore, Winker’s defense is virtually nonexistent, making him little more than a designated hitter. While plenty of good players have made a career out of DHing over the years, the Brewers have so much young talent that could benefit from the extra ABs while also providing defense at another position.
“You want to be up in those types of moments,” Mitchell continued. “I go up there with nothing to lose and try to take control.”
New York, which entered the day having been outscored, 19-0, in the series, broke its drought only three batters in after Burnes plunked Starling Marte in the hand and Francisco Lindor drove him in with a double.
Milwaukee came right back and grabbed the lead with another one of its youngsters factoring in heavily.
A one-out walk drawn by Brian Anderson against David Peterson got the rally started. Jesse Winker doubled and Owen Miller pulled a single past a diving Lindor at shortstop to get the Brewers on the board.
Then, on Anderson’s next offering, Wiemer went with a 93-mph fastball up in the zone and sent it into the Mets bullpen in right-center for a three-run homer and a 4-1 lead.
Wiemer, like Turang following his grand slam in Monday’s home opener, took a curtain call in the aftermath.
The Mets had snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak in the first, when Lindor delivered an RBI double after Starling Marte was hit by a pitch and stole second.
Alonso’s first homer of the day, a two-run shot, tied it 4-4 in the third. To that point, the Brewers had out-homered the Mets 8-0 in the series.
Marte doubled to start the rally and Lindor’s RBI single pulled the Mets within 4-2 before Alonso smashed a 95 mph fastball, clearing the fence in right-center against Corbin Burnes.
In the sixth, Lindor doubled for his third hit of the game before Alonso homered to left-center against Burnes.
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