Happy Fourth of July to you all.

It wasn’t much of a holiday for the Milwaukee Brewers, who lost the opener of a week-long home stretch 8-6 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. For the second game in a row, the Brewers felt good about the lead they built up, but they again coughed up a big lead for a defeat.

Brewers’ starter Shaun Marcum broke even the day, running through 6 innings, giving up 4 runs off of 7 hits. The “break even” part came when he belted a grand slam in the 4th inning, the Crew’s first 4-runner of the year. That of course wasn’t enough as the Brewers blanked the rest of the way. Their tendencies, either to get desperate and come back against a deficit or get too comfortable and blow big lead, are stunning. Whether this is a lack of focus from the players, or a failure on the coaching staff, somebody will have to piece this ball club back together.

Marcum’s grand slam and a Corey Hart solo shot gave the Brewers a 6-1 lead in the 4th. They lost all focus after that, as the bullpen blew up an entire day’s worth of work. LaTroy Hawkins, Kameron Loe and John Axford all gave up runs to let Arizona back in it. Things can be certainly get tough; a 6 run advantage wouldn’t have won the last three games. Perhaps the Crew just has to look forward to the All-Star break for some vital rest.

A Cardinals’ victory tonight put the Crew out of first place. They’ll work to fight back with Randy Wolf taking the mound tomorrow.

 

 

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