He allowed his third passed ball in two starts in the series and couldn't block Walker Buehler's sixth-inning breaking ball in the dirt (scored a wild pitch) that allowed the Brewers' Travis Shaw to score and stretch Milwaukee's lead to 2-0. At the plate, Grandal struck out three times, the last one coming with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
Adding to what has been a spiraling direction for the struggling Grandal was the catcher's quote following a tough game three. I was really frustrated after the game and as a competitor, I was frustrated because of the way we played and the way I performed.
In AFL action, Nico Hoerner had his second straight three-hit game after a slow start in the league. "They're passionate. They want to win. He's having a little bit of a rough patch, which we all - as humans, as baseball players - go through". It's the same Barnes for whom fans were chanting a night earlier as Grandal was struggling. However, after returning to the dugout, Counsell and his trainer came back onto the field before Gonzalez faced Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and removed the lefty from the contest. "I need to get back to that". David Freese also figures to start at first base with lefties on the mound and he could hopefully help the Dodgers inability to hit with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers lost last year's World Series to the Astros.
"We trust J.J.to get big outs for us", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
Again, what I said last night doesn't portray the way I truly feel about you guys!