Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 7/19/11
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The Milwaukee Brewers bounced back in a big way, taking an 11-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a feeling of pure triumph for a team that had seemed completely lost at the plate in recent games.
The Brewers came out swinging after getting shut out last night. The Crew scored 5 runs in the first inning, all off of home runs. Corey Hart, still manning the leadoff spot, hit a solo shot, while Ryan Braun and Yuniesky Betancourt both had 2-run blasts. Braun started today after missing the last 2, and seems to be on a schedule where he’ll get a few innings per game to not aggravate his leg injury.
Yovani Gallardo went 6 strong innings, giving up the 3 runs but only 1 earned. That defense didn’t hurt them today, and if they don’t want to do better in that department, scoring a ton of runs is certainly another approach. They’ve had errors in 9 of their last 10 games, and unlike today, it’s kept them behind in too many games.
Rickie Weeks crushed a solo home run and Betancourt hit another 2-run shot to extend the lead. It’s not enough to quiet the fans’ complaints, but it’s a start.
The Brewers, with a 3-3 record on this road trip so far, continue tomorrow with Chris Narveson taking the mound. They remain a half game behind Pittsburgh in the division.
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