Shaun Marcum pitched very well to get the Brewers back on track.
- Marcum went 7 strong innings allowing just 1 run. He allowed 5 hits, walking none and striking out 8. Kameron Loe and Jose Veras pitched the final two innings and only allowed a single walk between them.
- Rickie Weeks was on base all 4 times he came to the plate with 2 hits and 2 walks. Aramis Ramirez added 2 hits of his own. Cody Ransom and Brooks Conrad were the main run producers with 2 RBI for Ransom and 3 for Conrad. Conrad also picked up his first hit as a Brewer (finally) with a 2-run HR in the 4th that ended the scoring.
- Ransom also made a fantastic play in the field to get out of an inning. The Brewers haven’t made in error in 6 straight games and have only 1 in their last 12 games.
- Aramis Ramirez was pulled in the 7th inning with a strained quad. He will be examined tomorrow by the team doctor.
- Corey Hart was unproductive today after a couple hits yesterday. He seems to be feast or famine lately, either picking up multiple hits or going 0-fer. This is what I have come to expect out of him and why he will never be considered an elite player. He is a two-time All-Star that can disappear from the lineup for days at a time.
Brooks Conrad connects on a 2-run shot in the 4th. The only one more relieved about his first hit than the fans is Conrad himself. He had been destroying pitching at AAA Nashville but couldn’t get a hit in Milwaukee. He is never going to be a great major leaguer, but there is no reason that he can bat .400 in AAA and not be able to contribute at least a little at the major league level.
Ryan Braun missed the game today and it is possible that he will miss the game tomorrow too. He injured his hip when trying to slide different to avoid a flare-up of his injured Achilles. Ron Roenicke mentioned that they want to solve these lingering issues once and for all. Could that mean a trip to the DL? I would think no, but it may not be the end of the world. Braun won’t stop playing the game the way he wants; stealing bases, sliding, diving for balls. He is doing what he can to help his team, but unfortunately it may be hurting everyone more in the long run.
Tomorrow is the series finale and rubber match. The Brewers send Mike Fiers to the mound to try to match his superb outing against the Dodgers. He will face off against the Pirates’ John McDonald who has been having a really good season thus far.