Thursday, April 7, 2011

3-4: Marcum Delivers / Carlos Gomez Leads Charge

Well done Brew Crew....well done.... Shawn Marcum rebounded big time from last Friday and delivered a redeeming performance that resulted in a 4-2 win. Milwaukee takes the series 3 games to 1 over the 2010 Wild Card Braves. Chicago comes to town for a 3-game series over the weekend. Marcum went 6 complete, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and only 2 free passes. The bullpen delivered another blow by not allowing any runs and only giving up 3 hits in 3 innings of work. That makes it 6 scoreless innings over 2 games. This time it was Mitch Stetter, Sergio Mitre, Kam Loe, and John Axford. Axford looked spot-on again and only gave up 1 hit to Matt Young (his first career hit). Once again, the offense showed vast improvement from their previous series in Cincy. Everyone in the line-up collected a hit except for Bentacourt and the pitchers spot. Gomez, Braun and Kottarus each had 2 hits with Braunie contributing 2 RBI's. The only concern I had was the RISP (w/ 2 outs) Milwaukee had. Nyjer Morgan led the 4 players who stranded runners, he left 2 on base. This has been the problem for Milwaukee over the past 2 seasons. This has to improve. **Doug Melvin reportedly said that Chicago Cub fans purchasing tickets at Miller Park for the upcoming series has dropped 50%. I heard this from a couple of sources, but can not confirm it. It makes sense. Their roster stinks and the city is fed up.

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