Last night was an interesting game. I felt like the Brewers should have had the game wrapped up after the 4th inning, but they kept giving the Pirates too many opportunities to score. Of course, they eventually broke through while the Brewers offense couldn’t plate another run. That was so painful in the 6th when we had the bases loaded with one out and Brad Nelson struck out. Can you say “struggling?” Anyway, we managed to put up a 5 spot in the 8th and finally take the drama out of it. Looper, similar to his first start against the Cubs, clearly did not have good stuff. He only managed 5 innings and needed 100 pitches to do so. He was lucky to only give up 3 runs with all the base runners he allowed. Still, he continued to give the Brewers a chance to win every time he has pitched. Speaking of which, the Brewers are now 4-0 in starts by Braden Looper. The bullpen has now thrown 13 innings in the last 3 games, so keep an eye on this. Along with this, Jorge Julio hasn’t pitched since last Tuesday. What does that tell ya? I’ll finish with a couple of thoughts on the offense. I just love Cam’s approach at the plate right now as he continues to rake. It is also nice to see Fielder continuing to swing the bat better and seeing Rickie continue to swing well. Lastly, it was just another average night for Braun, on base 4 out of his 5 plate appearances. I was so ticked when the Pirates purposely hit Braun last night. I just hope this doesn’t take over the series. Let’s just pay them back by continuing to beat the peg legs off of them. Here is your game preview:
Paul Maholm goes for the Pirates in game 2 of the series. Maholm has always had tons of talent, he just hasn’t put it all together. Last year was his best year to date, but his start so far this year makes it look like he may really be turning the corner. Maholm is 3-0 in his 4 starts this year. He has allowed only 22 hits in 26 2/3 innings, has an ERA of 2.03 and opposing batters are only hitting .229 against him. So……Maholm has been good. Dave Bush makes his first start since taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning against the Phillies. Bush, like Maholm, has also pitched really well this year. In all three of his starts, Bush has gone at least 6 innings and has given up no more than 3 runs. This shapes up to be a good pitching matchup. Hopefully the Crew can keep this hot streak going. Go Brewers!