Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 7/24/11
The Milwaukee Brewers lost another tough one to the San Francisco Giants, 2-1 this time, and head back to the comforts of Miller Park following a still-successful 5-6 road trip.
The Crew and the Giants got into some excellent pitching matchups over the weekend series. The defending World Series champs have made a name for themselves solely on their pitching staff, and that was certainly the case today.
Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo was excellent, ending up with a line of 7 innings, 6 hits, 5 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. A case could easily be made against one of those earned runs, as the hot afternoon sun made defense a little trickier than usual. Then again, that hasn’t been the Brewers area of expertise as of late.
It’s never fun to out-hit your opponent and still lose a game, but hits don’t win the games. Milwaukee looked like they’d have an edge in this one, with Ryan Braun hitting a 1st inning home run for the early lead. That proved to be the team’s only score of the day, as once again, the Giants won it all on the back of their starting pitcher. It really wasn’t a terrible day for the Brewers’ bats; a number of players made some contact, only to be shown up by San Francisco and a few defensive gems. But sometimes you take what you can get.
The road has been tough for the Brewers, no doubt, but they’ll be glad to come home after one of the tougher road trips of the season. They’ll open a stretch of 18 straight division games against the rival Chicago Cubs. After a day off tomorrow, Chris Narveson will start the series on Tuesday.
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