After two very rough innings, Manny Parra settled down nicely and managed to keep the Brewers in the game. If you refer to my game preview from yesterday, I noted that keeping Emilio Bonifacio off base would be the key. Wouldn’t you know it, those first two innings when Manny struggled, Bonifacio got on base and was nothing but trouble. Manny is still throwing too many pitches and really needs to work on that (107 in 6 innings yesterday). The offense eventually came around, using the long ball to plate 6 runs. Prince Fielder, who had been ripping the cover off the ball prior to going 0-10 in the Cubs series, rebounded nicely going 3-4 with 2 HR and 4 RBI. The second home run was crushed. Weeks and Cameron also chipped in with solo shots. The bullpen was again lights out with Villy, DiFelice and Hoffman pitching the last three innings. Combined, they struck out 4 in their 3 consecutive 1-2-3 innings. The Brewers will try to take the first two in the series tonight. Here’s a preview:
The Marlins will send Ricky Nolasco to the mound tonight. Nolasco has not had a good go of it so far this year. After 7 starts, his numbers are pretty bad. I think all you need to know is that he has a 6.63 ERA and opponents are batting .319 off of him. Ouch. In his 2 career starts against the Brewers, his numbers are just as bad. Nolasco has a 7.71 ERA, 2.14 WHIP and the Brewers have hit .321 against him. Let’s hope this continues. Braden Looper will take the hill for the Crew. No way to sugarcoat it, Looper got rocked his last time out versus the Reds and that was a lineup that didn’t include Joey Votto or Brandon Phillips. It would be nice to see him get back on track against a struggling Marlins club. Hopefully we can lock up the series tonight and again go for that elusive 3 game sweep tomorrow. Go Brewers!!