Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 7/29/11
If only they could play these teams every day.
The Milwaukee Brewers took their 4th straight game, this time a 4-0 shutout of the division opponent Houston Astros.
Following a sweep of the Chicago Cubs, the Crew got another stellar pitching effort from their starter. The Cubs and Astros, 77-133 combined entering today, represent the two worst teams in baseball. After some more challenging portions of the schedule, the Brewers will gladly take the confidence boost some lesser teams can provide.
In the last 10 games, Milwaukee starting rotation has put up an impressive 7-3 record with a 1.95 ERA. They’ve been routinely lasting through the 6th inning and often finishing 7 full, which has kept the bullpen fresh as well. Randy Wolf today went 7 shutout innings and gave up 4 hits, while Takashi Saito and Kameron Loe each tossed a perfect inning in relief.
The offense came from everywhere. Former Brewer Felipe Lopez, who was re-acquired yesterday to stand in for injured Rickie Weeks, went 2-4 and scored a run in his first game back. They forced Houston’s bullpen to march out 4 separate pitchers, which certainly hurts them as the series continues.
Yovani Gallardo gets tomorrow’s start as the Brewers look to create more distance on top of the NL Central.
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