Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 6/15/11
The Milwaukee Brewers finally got their bounce-back game, and they were happy to wait for it.
After a lengthy rain delay, the Brewers snapped their 2-game losing streak to the Chicago Cubs 9-5 and now look to tie the 4-game road series.
The game today was a complete turn-around for the first two of the series; stellar pitching that wasn’t supported by any offense became an offensive explosion. Starter Chris Narveson only went partially through the 6th inning, and the bullpen had to cover a bit of extra work. Narveson’s start wasn’t a total mess, as it was a few too many walks that got him into some bad situations. Still, it was the Cubs’ long ball that kept them in the game early and chased Narveson from the game.
On the other side, what a breakout performance by the Brewers’ bats. Outside of the pitchers spot, everyone collected a hit, and there were plenty of RBIs to go around. There might have even been too much offense as both teams left a staggering number of players stranded on the bases. Most impressive for the Brewers was that the contributions came from unsuspecting places: the bottom half of the lineup accounted for 8 of the team’s runs, and even got some clutch hitting from players like Yuniesky Betancourt when the pesky Cubs just wouldn’t go away. It was a tough outing for the Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano, who had long been Chicago’s ace but has also been a head-case in the locker room in recent years.
Zack Greinke and Matt Garza face off in the final of the 4 game series tomorrow afternoon.
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