Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Marcum flops / D-backs take Brewers to game 4

Arizona 8, Milwaukee 1
For whatever reason, Shaun Marcum has been horse shit over the past 5 starts.  Thinking that Roenicke was on to something, he pitched Greinke on short rest and took his chances on sending Marcum to the mound on the road.  Since Marcum has been better than damn good on the road this season, it all made sense.  However, in Randy Wolf-type fashion....there was a communication break down between Marcum and Lucroy that resulted in Paul Goldschmidt hitting a grand slam HR with 2 outs in the 5th.  Only this whole incident happened after Ron Roenicke decided to intentionally walk Miguel Monterro (clean-up hitter) in order to try their luck on Goldshit (.387 average with bases loaded).  Wrong choice.  But hey, Roenicke hasn't made too many blatent mistakes this season.  Granted, you don't want to see him start now in the NLDS. 

Josh Collmentor was lights out, stifling the Crew over 7 complete innings, giving up 1 earned run (a mistake to Corey Hart ended up as HR).  He struck out 6 while only issuing 2 free passes.  That makes 20 total innings in 2011 (14 scoreless innings in the reg season), and dude only gives up 1 run.  His over-the-top approach would have hopefully been figured out by the 3rd inning, hell, even Sampson or his sidekick (TBS analyst) said Josh was tipping his pitches.  But that clearly didn't help.  It's like he's Braveheart throwing a gosh damn battle hatchet.

So, on to game 4 we go.  Randy Wolf takes to the mound in a couple of hours and George Kottarus will hopefully provide that usual spark from the plate. 

It's decision time!

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