Here’s The Exact Date The 2019 Milwaukee Brewers Season Took A Turn For The Worse

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by Tommy Gimler

Through 60 games, the 2019 Milwaukee Brewers looked very much like the 2018 squad that came within one game of making the franchise’s first trip to the World Series since 1982.

After defeating the Pirates 4-2 on Sunday, June 2, the Brewers found themselves atop the NL Central at 34-26. Hell, the only team in the National League with a better record than them at that point was the Dodgers. The day before that, the Crew found themselves on the winning side of a 12-10, 13-inning thriller, one that made it into extra frames thanks to the big bat of rookie second baseman Keston Hiura.

Down 10-8 in the top of the ninth, Hiura smoked a Felipe Vazquez offering 413 feet to left to tie the game at 10:

The home run was Hiura’s fifth since being called up to play with the big boys, and in his first 17 games with the Brewers, he proved he belonged, hitting .281 with nine RBI, those five home runs and an OPS of .864. He brought a solid energy to the diamond, and despite the fact that he only had one stolen base in those 17 games, he was also a threat on the base paths if he managed to hit one that didn’t fly out of the park.

But then June 3 happened.

Despite the fact that Travis Shaw was hitting roughly half of Pablo Sandoval’s body weight before going on the injured list, Brewers executives felt they needed to get him back in the lineup despite the fact that it would send the hot-hitting Hiura back down to AAA in a corresponding move. To make room for Shaw, they also had the choice of either trading or outright releasing first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who had only been playing sparingly thanks to the fact that he turned into a worthless sack of fuck on the baseball diamond after last year’s Home Run Derby, but they decided to keep him around as well.

So, how did sending one of their hottest bats back down to the minors work out? Well, the 16-0 ass pounding delivered by the worst team in the National League the following night was one hell of an omen for what was about to transpire over the next three-plus weeks, and that was nothing short of pig shit awful baseball from the Brewers.

In Hiura’s absence, the Brewers went 9-12 and fell out of first place in the division. They dropped series against the Marlins, Giants, Padres and Mariners (all rather poor teams) and split their series with the Reds and Astros. Their only series win came in the form of a sweep of the Pirates, but that was nothing new, as the Brewers have been making the Pirates their bitch for damn near a decade now. Shaw hit .167 (which was actually a slight improvement from the .163 he was hitting before this stretch) to go along with two dingers, while Aguilar hit .277 in limited action with one home run.

Meanwhile, Hiura went down to San Antonio and continued to mash, hitting .314 with eight bombs, 21 runs and 20 RBI. On June 28, Brewers GM David Stearns and his staff realized they fucked up big time and recalled Hiura. In July alone, Hiura hit .355 to go along with an OPS of 1.127, six home runs, six stolen bases, 17 runs and 18 RBI, enough to earn him NL Rookie of the Month honors.

Sure, there are a number of reasons why this year’s Brew Crew is just a c-hair above .500 instead making a solid push toward another postseason berth. The bullpen hasn’t even been a shell of its 2018 self. Losing a guy like Brandon Woodruff for over a month at this point of the season obviously hurts. Jeremy Jeffress is still on the roster.

But imagine what could have been had the Brewers brass not demoted one of their hottest hitters so that Travis Shaw’s feelings wouldn’t get hurt and Jesus Aguilar could continue to chew his way through hundreds of bags of sunflower seeds on the bench. I mean, going 9-12 over a stretch of a schedule weaker than my 93-year-old grandfather’s bladder was atrocious.

So while many Twitter and Facebook trolls are pointing to this past week of soul-crushing losses as the turning point of Milwaukee’s season, we beg to differ, as this puke train was set in motion just over two months ago by one awful decision from the Brewers front office…

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