Friday, March 19, 2010

Strikeouts Doom Brewers in Loss

Zing: The Brewers fell 6-4 to the Rangers in front of a nationally televised audience, but we'll get to that a bit later. First we should focus on the positives. One of those positives was Gregg Zaun, who got the start at the DH position Thursday night and delivered by going 2-for-3. Zaun is hitting .458 right now, and I can't stress enough how much better I like him when compared to Jason Kendall. I'm a proud member of Zaunbie Nation for sure.

Boom: Jonathan Lucroy manned the backstop for the Crew and hit a solo homer. Other RBI go to Kottaras, McGehee, and Hart.

Tararrel: That's about it for positives in this game, and we'll have to look to a "B" game that was played earlier on Thursday. "B" games aren't quite split squad games, but the Brewers won the earlier session winning 6-3 thanks to Dave Bush, who gave up just one run on three hits in five innings. Manny Parra didn't fare so well in the main game, giving up five runs over five innings. I just don't think Parra is ever going to be as good as we thought he could be, but hopefully this isn't him peaking. We need him to step it up finally this season.

Puke: The main stat to take away from this game is that of the Brewers 27 outs, 16 of them came by the way of the strikeout. I think this is more of a fluke than the norm for the Brewers, but that's still an alarming stat. Hopefully they become a little more patient at the plate before the season starts in just a few short weeks.

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