For a team entering a big weekend, the Milwaukee Brewers sure laid an egg.

The Brewers dropped two in the three game home series to the New York Mets, including tonight’s final 4-1. It was a complete out-dueling, and once Milwaukee got behind they just couldn’t finish off any kind of comeback.

Yovani Gallardo, the holder of 6 consecutive wins, had a disappointing start tonight, only lasting 4 innings and giving up all 4 runs on 10 hits. It seemed clear from the start that he didn’t have his usual focus or energy, and he struggled through most of the batters he saw. Tim Dillard came in and cleaned up the rest of the mess in the 5th, and him and Marco Estrada each got 2 scoreless.

The Brewers were no-hit into the 4th inning when Ryan Braun walked to get on and Prince Fielder drove him home on a long double that the crowd couldn’t believe wasn’t a home run. That ended up being the only real piece of offense they could muster.

Milwaukee got into a great situation late when they put 2 guys on base with no outs in the 7th. Reverting back to old ways, they ended with three straight outs to kill the rally. Similar wasted situations came and went in both the 8th and 9th.

The Brewers start a crucial mid-season series tomorrow against the division leading St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals are ahead by 2.5 games , and the crowds should pack in at Miller Park. Chris Narveson and the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse are the probables.

 

 

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  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

    Two steps forward and one back; just when I was almost ready to start to believe in this team. Still hard for me to have faith in them longterm. Big litmus test coming up against the Cards this weekend.

  • http://www.milwaukeebriansports.com/ Brian

    As an optimistic person, I try to reason that a team needs occasional setbacks in order to calibrate their vision going forward, set things back to how they should be. The Brewers know how poorly they did against Florida and the Mets, and how lucky they are to have won 5 of the last 7 games. But luck alone won’t win it against the Cardinals.

  • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

    Looks like we balance each other out well.