Monday, May 16, 2011

19-21: Almost back to .500

Milwaukee did what they should've done, swept the Pirates. Milwaukee should have also swept the Padres, but that's neither here nor there. In return, Milwaukee is 2 games under .500 on a weekend that saw the NL Central's two "best" teams duke it out (Cardinals @ Reds, Card's were swept).

Yesterday's game was spot on until the 5th inning when Greinke hit the brick wall. He was having an excellent game until he had to labor 47 pitches and ultimately get bounced from the game. To put that 5th inning in to prospective; Greinke had thrown 49 pitches up until that point. Zack gave up 5 earned runs on 6 hits on 96 pitches. So this was a step back from the progress that he was making the previous 2 starts. That's going to happen, at least Milwaukee provided him run support which wasn't the case for him in KC. Greinke earned his 2 win of the season.

Ryan Braun (12 HR's) drove in 4 runs and hit a 3-run shot in the 1st inning. From the very start, the Crew's offense was on fire. Lucroy and McGehee also added homers to boost the Crew while Braunie contributed a 3 bagger. Prince went o'fer.

Milwaukee is now 32-3 at home agains the Pirates since 2007. Two of the losses were blown saves by Trevor Hoffman last year (Tom Haudricourt tweet).

Tim Dillard (RHP reliever) was called up by the Crew yesterday. The 27 year-old was a free agent this past off season, yet he still decided to resign with the Brewers. He was competing for the 5th spot in the rotation, which ultimately went to Marco Estrada.

Latroy Hawkins has been contributing quite a bit to the Brewers' bull pen.

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