Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words: 7/3/11
There’s no place like home.
That’s the line the Milwaukee Brewers will be telling themselves as they return home following a tough run through interleague play and an even more grueling road trip. They lost the final game of the series 9-7 against the Minnesota Twins, getting fed the same late game rally they served Minnesota last night.
The Brewers got a tolerable start from Zack Greinke, who tossed 6 total innings giving up 5 total runs, 4 of them earned. His game was actually better than numbers suggest. In hindsight, taking away the tough luck home run to the Twins he gave up would have made this a completely different contest. But the Brewers had the lead, a good one at that, before the bullpen sunk into complete disaster. Zach Braddock got two outs but also put two runners on base in the 7th before he was lifted for Kameron Loe. 4 runners in-all came through that inning, in part because of a fielding blunder by Mark Kotsay. Kotsay did in fact help keep Milwaukee in the game on offense, bringing in 3 runs for the Crew. But no amount of success will quiet the constant groans from fans about Kotsay in the field. He started in left for Ryan Braun, who is still listed as day-to-day.
The Brewers had one big 5th inning, but it wasn’t enough for Milwaukee, who outhit their opponent 3 of the 6 games on this trip. Hits don’t win games, and that 1-5 record this week will be a black eye for a while.
Congratulations to Braun, Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks for all being voted as starters for the MLB All-Star game, held next week Tuesday. For now, the Crew returns home to the comfort of the National League. Shaun Marcum starts tomorrow.
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