Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 5/30/11
After a fantastic homestand, the question of whether the Milwaukee Brewers can maintain momentum on the road was answered:
Happy Memorial Day to you and your families. What a beautiful day it was in Milwaukee. Unfortunately the Brewers weren’t around for it. Starting a 2-city road tour against the Cincinnati Reds, where the Brewers were already swept once this year, Milwaukee was defeated 7-3, providing another example of frustration for a Jekyll/Hyde team that is an NL-worst 8-18 away from home.
The simple things that worked well at home were what came back to bite the Brewers. Well-executed defense and the basic concepts of the game seemed to be completely absent today. The Brewers allowed the Reds to further separate on the scoreboard in the 6th inning with some poor throwing back and forth around the diamond, and Milwaukee had little chance to make up that deficit. Carlos Gomez and recently-acquired Josh Wilson hit back-to-back home runs to narrow the gap in the 5th inning, but beyond Nyjer Morgan scoring as a pinch-runner, the Brewers got nothing else out of their 10 hits. Prince Fielder had a 3-4 day at the plate, but there was little else to show from the top of the order. He gets the PD250 Player of the Game.
Chris Narveson had a tough outing, only surviving 4 innings. Luckily the bullpen was able to cover the remainder of the game with only 2 pitchers. There isn’t much to add about the Reds’ Jay Bruce except that he is the most dominant player in the league right now. He drove in 3 of their runs and has been batting .330 this month.
Zack Greinke gets tomorrow’s game as the Brewers seek an answer to their road woes.