Fans are starting to expect some consistency from the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers, and that is a good thing. So it’s reasonable to expect similar performances from time-to-time, correct? Which Milwaukee Brewers / Washington Nationals game were you expecting today, the 11-3 thumping from Monday or the edge-of-your seat 7-6 comeback from Tuesday?

The Brewers hung on to beat the Nationals this afternoon 6-4, in a game that was more back-and-forth than it should have been. Zack Greinke struck out 10 across 5.0 innings, yet a solid 5 hit, 1 walk performance blew up in his face in the 4th. One swing of the bat tied the game 3-3, and the Brewers had to construct bits and pieces of a lead from there on out.

Milwaukee got cruising early, as Prince Fielder drove in 3 runs in the first 3 innings. After Washington tied the game in the 4th, an unlikely hero, Greinke himself, took back the lead with a solo home run in the 5th, his first in nearly 6 years. Latroy Hawkins gave up 1 unearned run in the 8th, a result of an error by Rickie Weeks, for Washington’s final margin, but the Brewers weren’t in much trouble the rest of the way. Yuniesky Betancourt drove in Jonathan Lucroy in the 8th for a little insurance.

The Brewers get a day off before the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants come to town this weekend. Friday will be as marquee a matchup as you’ll find around the league as Shaun Marcum takes on the Giants’ Tim Lincecum.



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