Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 6/14/11
There isn’t much else Brewers’ fans hate than a losing streak to the Cubs.
The Milwaukee Brewers fell for the 2nd straight game to the Chicago Cubs, 5-4 in 10 innings. The St. Louis Cardinals also lost, keeping the Brewers tied for the division lead.
Yovani Gallardo bounced back from his last performance, working 7 strong innings with a total of 10 strikeouts to pair with 3 hits and 1 run. His outing was fantastic, and it was only his 7th inning home run to Chicago that scarred his effort. He left the game feeling confident with the Brewers up 4-1.
Marco Estrada, a key part of the Brewers’ starting rotation while Zack Greinke was injured, has had some slumps in the last 2 weeks. He took over for Gallardo in the 8th inning after 4 days of rest and proceeded to allow the tying runs, a double and a home run that knotted it up at 4-4. Zach Braddock took over after that and finished the rest of the inning. LaTroy Hawkins saw a perfect 9th but Tim Dillard just got wrecked right away for the loss.
This was such a stunning loss for the Crew for a few reasons. They don’t often collapse and allow other teams to make big rallies. They do however find themselves often leaving too many runners on base. The story of the day was 13 runners left on, which ruined an 11 hit game for the Brewers. A lot of people chipped in for this one, just not in the effort of getting across home plate.
Chris Narveson faces long-time Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano tomorrow in the 3rd contest of the 4 game series.
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