Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 7/21/11
The fun wasn’t going to last forever.
The Milwaukee Brewers had a 2-game road winning streak snapped as they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0, putting them at a 4-4 record on this NL West road trip.
Milwaukee saw all the ups and downs in the hot desert. Two shutout defeats sandwiched two big Brewers wins. They showed glimpses of their strength at the plate, and they found their bats eerily silent. They’ve gotten mostly good starting pitching on this trip, sporting a collective 2.98 ERA over the last 8 games. The only real consistency has been the shoddy defense, which has ended up a nasty thorn in their side as of late.
Zack Greinke today had a good effort, going 7 innings and getting pinned with 2 runs, both solo home runs. Zero walks was a key point for him because he had gotten some tough luck on the edges of the strike zone recently. LaTroy Hawkins served up a 2-run homer in the 8th for the final margin.
Beyond Yuniesky Betancourt, putting on a nice little 4-game hit streak, there wasn’t a lot of offense to be had. They left plenty of runners on the bases and just didn’t execute when the opportunities came up.
Still, the Crew has to feel good sitting at 4-4 on this trip as they finish it off with 3 against the San Francisco Giants. Shaun Marcum leads off that series late tomorrow evening.
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