Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Another Loss We Can't Really Afford

Just when you think things are starting to pick up, the Brewers bring your expectations back to earth by dropping another game, and thus the series, to the Houston Astros. It's a disappointing end to a series where the Brewers just couldn't hang on to leads and their bullpen revert to problems of the past. In Wednesday's affair it was by the final of a 5-1 loss, and the Brewers fall to 35-43. The light at the end of the tunnel that is a .500 record is getting dimmer everyday, while the light that shines on behalf of the playoffs is undetectable by the human eye.

Jonathan Lucroy - who was for some reason picked up in every fantasy league I'm in today - put Milwaukee on the board first with an RBI groundout in the first inning. Dave Bush did an alright job trying to keep the lead in tact for Milwaukee, although he did surrender it in the sixth inning. On the whole, Bush went six innings and gave up just two runs across five hits. That's an outing I'll take from Dave Bush any day of the week.

Carlos Villanueva got touched up after that though, giving up three runs in the seventh inning. Villanueva has really been struggling as of late, and his ERA has now dropped to 4.62. He's not the reason that Milwaukee lost this game on Wednesday afternoon, but he certainly didn't help. Then again, how many times do you win a game when your only run is a Jonathan Lucroy groundout RBI?

The next test for Milwaukee will not be an easy one, as they now head to St. Louis to take on the redbirds for a four game set. Somehow, we are going to face the Cardinals for the entire weekend and miss a Jeff Suppan start, although I'm sure that isn't going to bother Soup too much. Seriously though, I can't believe they signed that guy. Really, I would have loved to see Suppan on the hill Thursday night against his version 2.0 Randy Wolf. That would have been something.

POTG: Wow. This one is tough, so let's give to to Cappy. We'll say it's for his 1.1 scoreless innings, but it's really for the fact that he's even on this team in the first place. Such a great comeback story, it's going to be sad to see him demoted once Doug Davis comes back.


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