Friday, June 5, 2009

Brewers Out-Dueled by Josh Johnson

I'm not sure about the actual numbers on this one, but I sure do feel like the Brewers are giving up a lot of home runs to pitchers lately. The latest to do this was the Marlins' Josh Johnson. On the hill, Johnson went 7 2/3 innings giving up just two runs and striking out eight, but it was his 3-run home run off of Dave Bush in the 4th inning that was the difference-maker in this one. The Marlins went on to win the game 4-3, winning the series as well.

We've had some bad series so far this year, especially the debacle in the Twin Cities a couple of weekends ago, but this series in Miami might have been the worst yet. Granted, we did win one of the four games, but this series saw Josh Johnson dominate us, Jorge Julio implode, and Manny Parra give us his best Ben Hendrickson impression. A brutally painful series. Thankfully though, pretty much every one in the NL Central played .500 ball this week, so the Brewers remain in first.

Other than the Johnson homer, Bush pitched pretty well. One of Bush's weaknesses is the long ball though, and this time there just happened to be a couple more guys on base. Although he pitched well, we're giving our Player of the Game award to Prince Fielder, who had all the RBI's for the Brewers on Thursday night, included a 2-run shot in the 8th inning.

Next up, a trip to Atlanta to face the Braves. First pitch tonight is at 6:30pm.


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