Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Strikeouts, Home Runs, Greinke Does it All


Zach Greinke has not yet pitched like the Cy Young candidate we all thought he would be. But if he continues to play like this, he won't have to. Greinke was added to the long list of Brewer pitchers that know how to hit home runs when he hit a smacked a solo shot in the 5th inning off of Jason Marquis. It was a Craig Counsell type home run either, it was actually a pretty decent blast out to left field. He did some work on the mound as well, striking out ten batters and walking just one. On the season, he's struck out 39 batters while walking just three. He did give up three runs over seven innings, but I'll take a seven inning, ten strikeout, one solo shot at the plate performance from him anyday.

He'll get our POTG for the Brewers 6-4 win against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, but the nomination doesn't come without controversy. Prince Fielder had a hell of a day at the plate as well, going 2-for-2 with a walk and four RBI. Fielder has been producing very well lately, which is good to see as it appears that his teammate Ryan Braun has seemed to cool down a bit.

Greinke and Fielder were pretty much the story in this one, with special mentions going to Yuniesky Betancourt for and added RBI and Kameron Loe for picking up his first save of this season. It's been one hell of a homestand so far for the Brewers, who improve to 27-23 on the season and have now won 14 out of their last 17 games. This is an unbelievable stretch of games that the Brewers have put together and it's a far cry from the sky is falling mentality that we were going through as early as the first week of the season.

No one can feel safe
Not even other pitchers
Here comes Zack Attack

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