What a long, strange trip it’ll be.

The Milwaukee Brewers started a stretch of 15 interleague games with a dud, falling to the Boston Red Sox 10-4 in what ended up a bit of a disaster.

Brewers’ starter Shaun Marcum left after 1 inning with a muscle strain in his hip. Fans will be happy it’s not an arm injury for the former Tommy John recipient, but that’s basically the only positive that’s available. The Crew has a few long-relief pitchers,but things were a little wild today as mixed-starter/reliever Marco Estrada took on 4 innings to help pick up after Marcum went down. It’s hard to blame one single pitcher when they all had their share of mistakes.

Extending beyond the blame for the pitching staff (10 runs on 14 hits), the Brewers’ offense held its own, and it’s certainly hard to yell at them for not keeping pace with 10 runs. Teams that average 4 runs per game will win most of those games. Casey McGehee continued on his recent stretch of quality hitting, but not enough happening from the rest. Prince Fielder was given the day off at 1st base by taking the designated hitter spot. A number of fans were hoping to see some of prospect Mat Gamel as the DH, but he’s still riding it out while dominating in AAA.

Randy Wolf continues the interleague fun with matchup against Red Sox ace Jon Lester. The Brewers can no longer expect to luck their way through games, and manager Ron Roenicke might need to make some sort of bold move with this team to get them refocused again.

 

 

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