The Brewers had a great week, sweeping the Braves and taking 2 of 3 from the Reds. A 5-run 7th inning prevented the Brewers from sweeping the Reds, but they still finished the week at 5-1.
Player of the Week
This was a good week for the Brewers as they went 5-1 (and should have been 6-0), and selecting just one Player of the Week was a tough decision.
Ryan Braun hit a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead solo shot on Thursday. Jonathan Lucroy hit .333 with 2 home runs, a triple, and 9 RBI. He became only the second player in franchise history to drive in 3 runs in 3 straight games (Robin Yount in 1987) and he had home runs in back-to-back games. Aaron Hill hit .476 with a 2 home run game.
But it was Villar who had the best all-around week. He hit .455 and had an on-base percentage of .577. Villar scored 8 runs this week, including the game winning run on Tuesday and 3 runs on Sunday. He had 4 multi-hit games and drove in 6 runs. He drove in the game winner in the 13th inning on Wednesday and hit a home run on Thursday. Sunday, he went 2 for 2 with 2 walks, drove in a run and scored 3. He raised his average to .307.
Villar also had several highlight reel plays at shortstop. He is making a case for an All-Star selection. He has been one of the best shortstops in the National League in all facets of the game. He leads the Major Leagues with 18 stolen bases and is always putting pressure on the opposing defenses.
Pitcher of the Week
Nelson had 2 quality starts to bring his team-leading total to 8 in 11 starts. He finished the week with a 1-0 recored and 2.03 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 13.1 innings.
He pitched 6 innings against the Braves on Tuesday, giving up just 1 run, but the Brewers did not score the winning run until the 8th inning, leaving Nelson with a no-decision. He came out of the game after 6 innings with a pitch count at 101.
On Sunday, Nelson pitched into the 8th inning on a day when the bullpen needed the rest. He was not sharp at the beginning of the game, giving up a home run to Jay Bruce and loading the bases with nobody out in the second inning, but he managed to get out of the inning with only 2 runs coming across. He improved as the game went on and did not allow the Reds to score any more off of him.