Milwaukee Brewers in 250 Words or Less: 6/29/11
(Editor’s Note: I’m filling in for Brian tonight as he’s partying down at Summerfest. Wait…does this count as part of the 250? Never mind, the Brewers weren’t much to write home about tonight anyway.)
Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as Tuesday night’s debacle. But the Milwaukee Brewers continued to be the ‘Not-ready-for-prime-time-players’ in the second game of their series in the Big Apple, falling again to the Yankees, 5-2.
It looked okay early as the Brewers got on the board in the first inning after Nyjer Morgan walked, stole second base and was driven in on an opposite field single by Ryan Braun. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum managed to keep New York scoreless for 3 innings but ran up his pitch count in the process. It caught up to him in the 4th when the Yankees broke through for 4 runs, culminating on a 3 run homer by catcher Russell Martin off an 0-2 changeup.
The Brewers got one run back in the 6th but wasted a larger opportunity when both Prince Fielder & Corey Hart grounded out with the bases loaded. The Yanks then got that run back in the bottom of the stanza when Jorge Posada homered off Tim Dillard, who had replaced Marcum.
The Brewers had one more chance in the 8th inning. Hart again came to the plate as the tying run, but took a called 3rd strike to end the threat. All in all, Hart left 5 runners on base through the course of the game batting behind Fielder. From there, Mariano Rivera closed out the Brewers quietly in the 9th to preserve the win for New York.
The series concludes with a noon game Thursday, pitting Milwaukee lefthander Randy Wolf against former Brewers’ southpaw CC Sabathia.