The Milwaukee Brewers are at a point in their season where a strong performance from a young player can be just as important as winning a game.
As tough as Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Texas was, the Brewers can take Tyler Thornburg's performance as a big positive going forward. Facing one of baseball's best lineups, the rookie right-hander allowed just one earned run on five hits in six innings for his third straight quality start.
Not as sharp early as he has been in his last two starts, Thornburg allowed a first inning run on an Adrian Beltre RBI single and needed a base running error by the Rangers to get out without further damage.
"Today he came out and really started to overthrow and the ball was up," Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz said. "We kept talking with 'Luc' and the three of us talked about getting the off-speed pitches over earlier in the count because that was going to be key for him tonight. This is a team that you can't throw the fastball by. He finally started ...