Monday, March 29, 2010

Bush Gets Whacked

There's been a disturbing trend happening to the starting pitching staff of the Milwaukee Brewers lately - whenever someone gets named to the rotation, they suck in their next appearance. On Monday that trend extended to Dave Bush, as he gave up seven runs (six earned) off eight innings in six innings of work, just days after being named the staff's fourth starter. Bush has been having a decent enough Spring to warrant getting that number four spot, but Monday's outing was not encouraging to say the least.

The Brewers didn't give up run support to Bush in their 8-6 loss to the Giants, at least not in the beginning of the game. Milwaukee didn't score until the 6th inning when Rickie Weeks hit a solo blast. Since their off day, the Brewers have only been hitting .178 at a team. I recently watched the MLB Network's take on the Brewers as part of their "30 Clubs in 30 Days" series, and the analysts raved about just how good Milwaukee is offensively. Well, they are going to have to step it up a bit if they are going to live up to that declaration, especially if their pitching staff struggles like it has been as well.

In some good news from the game though, the bullpen appeared to do just fine. Trevor Hoffman pitched the 7th, LaTroy Hawkins the 8th, and Todd Coffey the 9th. Together, they pitched three scoreless innings. Also contributing on the offensive side was Joe Koshansky, as he hit his first home run of the Spring.

Milwaukee has three games left in Arizona, taking on the Angels, Cubs, and Diamondbacks before they head back to Milwaukee. The Brewers will then take on the Tigers on Friday and Saturday at Miller Park, before their season starts against the Rockies on Monday. Anybody out there going to that game on Opening Day? I am currently not scheduled to go, unless I win a trip from my work. But then again, I'm not very good at my job, so I'll probably just take the afternoon off and check the game out at home per usual. Unless someone wants to take me?

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