Sunday, June 13, 2010

Brewers Unable to Convert Chances Against Texas

At the end of the game, it doesn't matter how many men you were able to put on base, all that matters is how many of those runners were able to score. On Saturday night, the occurrence of the Brewers scoring those runners was quite rare, as they fell to the Rangers 4-3. The most disheartening thing about that is that the Brewers went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, leaving a total of sixteen runners on base for the game. This was a game in which the Brewers definitely had their chances, but they just couldn't convert.

The Rangers were able to take care of business just a touch better than Milwaukee in their route to the victory. Texas got two runs right away over Manny Parra, who got the start once more over Dave Bush. But Parra settled down after that, putting together a quality start at least of six innings and three runs. He did strike out eight batters as well, and even though he was tagged with the loss I have been very impressed with his starts as of late. Chris Capuano gave up the other run in an appearance out of the bullpen, while David Riske once again looked good and Trevor Hoffman threw a scoreless frame as well.

When the Brewers were able to get some offense to support their pitching, it wasn't until the eighth inning when they were already down four runs. They did put together a rally in the ninth inning that chased Rangers closer Neftali Feliz out of the game, but still couldn't get over the hump and force extra innings. It was too little, too late for Milwaukee, and the Rangers evened the series at one a piece.

We could look at the offense for Player of the Game candidates, but with how many times the Brewers left people on base I just don't think we should. I'm going to throw out David Riske's name for the POTG, if only because he really has looked good in his few starts since coming back from his injury. I never knew that Riske could actually be an effective pitcher, because before this little stint I had only known him as a guy who was either constantly injured or consistently shitty. Good for you though, Dave.

Series finale for the two clubs is on Sunday afternoon, Gallardo will be on the hill for the Crew.


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