The Milwaukee Brewers would be foolish to think they could win every game.

They would also be foolish if they felt they weren’t going to win this game. The Brewers dropped the rubber match against the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 and fall to a record of 2-7 against their division foe this season. The Brewers held the lead for 7.2 innings until Cincinnati got the go-ahead home run from one of their many offensive powerhouses, Joey Votto, and that was enough to hold off Milwaukee in the 9th.

Shaun Marcum had a mostly dominant performance for the Brewers, who were hoping to put together something resembling a winning streak on the road. Marcum pitched 7 solid innings, but once he approached that dreaded 100-pitch count, he surrendered a 2-run home run to Jay Bruce, who has been on fire in the last month of baseball. His game was over after that, and Kameron Loe, pitching for the second consecutive night, allowed another 2-run shot from Votto to fall behind.

Milwaukee genuinely looked good. Fans could feel comfortable about the way most of the game went. Rickie Weeks led off with a home run, and despite bringing in only 3 runs, it certainly wasn’t a bad road effort.

The Brewers have Thursday off before they meet up with the Florida Marlins for the first time this season. The Marlins currently hold the wild card, and while there is a lot of baseball left this season, a decent showing there could go a long way for the Brewers.

 

 

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