Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 8/16/11
The offense came alive at the perfect possible time as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 to extend their winning streak to 5 and their division lead to 7 after St. Louis lost again.
Tonight was a continuation of the recent pitching duels the Brewers have faced, and Yovani Gallardo walked away on top. He tore through 8 innings, surrendering just one run early, and he now has a 2.06 ERA in his last 5 starts. With Marco Estrada filling in the gap in the rotation, the 5 starters have a 0.99 ERA during this winning streak, and have made teams look foolish.
Of course, the Brewers haven’t been the model of consistency at the plate during the streak either, leaving scores of players on base and generally scraping by with just a few runs. The Crew scored 7 runs in the first game of this winning streak but have only put up 8 in the four games since. The difference with offensive slumps between this year and previous years? A pitching staff that is clearly among the best in baseball.
Most of Milwaukee’s action was limited to two innings, the 2nd and 9th. Facing a 1-0 deficit in the 2nd, Corey Hart drove in Jerry Hairston Jr. who opened the inning with a single. The was the extend of the action until the bottom of the 9th. Prince Fielder lead off with a walk, Casey McGehee singled him over, Yuniesky Betancourt walked the bases loaded, and Mark Kotsay drove in the winning run in front of a good sized Tuesday night crowd.
What else can you do but stay tuned for what this team can do next. Zack Greinke gets the start tomorrow evening.
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