Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 7/6/11
The Milwaukee Brewers got a bounce back game and broke out of a slump by taking the rubber match against the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1. The Brewers finally get to hold their heads proud about their starting pitching. They had put up a collective 7.58 ERA in the last full turn through the rotation, but Gallardo got one in the team’s favor, going 7 innings and getting his 10th win of the season. He gave up a home run to the very first batter, but scattered just 4 hits and 1 walk for the rest of the game.
The offense hadn’t been too much of an issue over the last 5 games. It’s never easy to constantly work from behind on the scoreboard. Today was the exception as the batters just couldn’t convert any runs. That all changed in the 7th when Casey McGehee, stuck in a nasty rut at the plate, belted a pinch-hit 3 run home run for the lead. That has to feel good for a guy who has taken a lot of backlash from fans for his recent performance. Will it signal a turning of the page for McGehee? We’ll see if he can sustain it.
LaTroy Hawkins and John Axford finished the game for the bullpen. They haven’t been making it easy for the Crew to play catch up, but it helped to be ahead.
Ryan Braun missed his 4th straight game, and it’s totally up in the air whether he’ll play or rest leading up to next week’s All-Star Break. Chris Narveson gets the start tomorrow as the Brewers welcome the Cincinnati Reds to town. The Reds are 2.5 games behind the Brewers, and the Crew is only 2-7 against the Reds this season.
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