Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 5/11/11
Perhaps the Brewers got lucky today. On a list of least-deserved victories, this would have been number one.
The Milwaukee Brewers still take the series against the San Diego Padres but lose the final game in an ugly way, 13-6. Normally 6 runs off of 11 hits is enough to win a baseball game, but this was no normal game.
On a crummy, overcast day, the roof at Miller Park was open until near the end. By the time the roof was slammed shut, so too was the Brewers’ big rally. Starter Randy Wolf only lasted 74 pitches and 3.1 innings, surrendering 5 runs and 12 hits. It took the Brewers’ bats a while to get going, but they broke open in a big way. Prince Fielder hit a 200th career home run and Yuniesky Betancourt also sent one deep as the Brewers battled back and took the lead in the 6th, 6-5. Sergio Mitre and LaTroy Hawkins helped get Milwaukee through 7 innings with the same score.
It all came crashing down on the bullpen as Kameron Loe, who got the loss, and Mike McClendon turned a 6-5 lead into a 13-6 deficit. The Padres got a total of 8 runs in the 8th inning to avoid the sweep by the Brewers.
Pittsburgh comes to town next, and they’ll be welcomed with open arms by Milwaukee as they look to move way, way past this loss. Yovani Gallardo had a fantastic performance his last time up and starts the series Friday evening.
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