Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 4/27/11
The 2010-11 Milwaukee Brewers are not quitters, that’s for sure.
Beyond that optimistic approach, there isn’t much else to say about the 7-6 10th-inning loss at the hands, once again, of the division rival Cincinnati Reds. Brewers pitching ace Yovani Gallardo had about as rough of a start as you can ask for. He gave up 5 of his 10 total hits, a home run and 4 runs all in the first inning. He only lasted 5 innings with a final line of 3 walks and 6 earned runs.
While the Brewers faced a deficit before their first at-bat, they grinded out enough offense to catch up with Cincinnati the entire length of the game, except of course when it counted most. In typical Brewers fashion, they loaded the bases with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th and got exactly zero runs from it. They were tied at that point and the game carried on until the Reds hit their go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th for the final score.
Casey McGehee returned from a short absence and Corey Hart made his first start in right field. With the roster close to full health, there was a lot of buzz in the air about the potential of the offense. Instead the buzz surrounds the pitching staff and especially the bullpen, which has been forced to eat up too many innings.
The Brewers will hope for a rebound as they travel to Houston. Milwaukee took 2 of 3 from them in the previous series. The probable pitchers are listed as Shaun Marcum, Randy Wolf and Chris Narveson.