Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 6/30/11
The nightmare is hopefully over for the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers, in 1st place and excited for a chance to match up against the American League’s best, instead got swept at the hands of the New York Yankees, losing the final 5-0.
Yankees’ starter CC Sabathia, the half-year hero of the Brewers in 2008, worked over the Crew to the tune of a career-high 13 strikeouts, 6 hits and 2 walks over 7.2 shutout innings. On the opposite side Randy Wolf got beat up early but was able to buckle down to help save the bullpen from another game of abuse. He was on the hook for 4 of the Yankees’ runs and 7 hits but only 2 came after the 3rd inning. It will help the club’s decision how to structure its overworked pitching staff come the weekend.
Nearly every hit for the Brewers came with 2 outs. Ryan Braun had another big game, getting 3 hits off Sabathia and extending his hitting streak to 20 games. But it’s easy to leave guys on base, 7 in all, when the team isn’t performing early in each inning.
The series was a complete disaster. The Brewers are now 15-27 on the road, including 1-5 in interleague play. Fans might point to the strength of opponent’s schedule for the AL teams, but any team that wants to contend for a title must deal with the schedule handed to them.
Today’s game was the start of the second half of the season. The Crew can be proud of it’s 44-37 first half, but the offense needs to get its act together after this series. Yovani Gallardo start against the Minnesota Twins tomorrow in a rematch of last weekend’s series, which the Brewers swept in Milwaukee.
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