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4/6 – 4/12 Brewers Week In Review

April 13, 2015

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The Brewers have picked up right where they left off last year, which is not a good thing. They opened the season by being swept at Miller Park by the Colorado Rockies and outscored 20-6. The onslaught continued when Pittsburgh came to town.

Kyle Lohse gave up 8 runs on 10 hits in just 3.1 innings on Opening Day. Of the 10 hits, 5 were doubles and 2 were home runs. The Rockies hit another double off of Michael Blazek, for a total of 6 doubles in the game. Adam Lind (3 for 4) and Aramis Ramirez (2 for 3) accounted for 5 of the 8 Brewer hits. Unfortunately, the Brewers were not able to cross the plate, falling 10-0.

Game 2 was not much better. Matt Garza gave up 4 runs on 8 hits (4 doubles) in 5 innings. The Brewers scored their first runs of the season with 2 in the 5th, but that only brought them to within 4-2. The Rockies added 2 more doubles and another run to win the game 5-2.

The Brewers came close in game 3. They took the lead for the first time this season on a 2-run home run by Adam Lind. The Rockies came back and took a 4-2 lead in to the 9th. The Brewers scored 2 in the 9th to force extra innings, but the Wilin Rosario hit a home run to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead that they did not give up. In all, the Rockies hit 4 doubles and 3 home runs, giving them 16 doubles and 5 home runs for the series.

After an off day (in which Scooter Gennett got married), the Brewers started a 3 game series against the Pirates. Mike Fiers racked up 8 strikeouts in 5 innings, but he also gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, 4 doubles, and a home run. Lind continued his hot streak going 2-3 with a double and 2 RBIs, but it was not enough as the Brewers fell 6-2.

The Brewers finally got their first win on Saturday behind a terrific pitching performance by Jimmy Nelson. Nelson went 7 innings giving up just 2 hits while striking out 9 and walking 2. Will Smith and Jonathan Broxton completed the shutout without allowing a base runner. It was the Brewers’ turn to hit some doubles, as Ramirez, Khris Davis, and Carlos Gomez each had one and Hector Gomez had two. Lind started a rally in the second with a single and he scored on a ground out by Davis. Hector Gomez drove in Ramirez and Jean Segura with his first double. Segura scorched a two-run home run in to the upper deck in left field to give the Brewers a 5-0 lead in the fourth.

The Brewers finished their home stand with a 10-2 loss to the Pirates. Lohse had a better start but still gave up 4 runs in 6.1 innings. Carlos Gomez hit a two-run home run to give the Brewers a lead, but that was all of their scoring. An error by Khris Davis allowed the Pirates to tack on 6 unearned runs to put the game out of reach.

The Brewers had some positives this week. Adam Lind tied the record for most hits through the first 5 games as a Brewer with 9 (Paul Molitor in 1978 and Dave Parker in 1990) and is hitting .450. Jean Segura is hitting .316 including his monster home run. Hector Gomez started at second base and went 3 for 5 with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs. Jimmy Nelson had an incredible curveball working for him and racked up 9 strikeouts in 7 scoreless innings.

Unfortunately, the bad overshadowed the good. The Brewers were outscored 36-16 this week. An average of less than 3 runs is not going to get them many wins, and giving up an average of 36 is not helping.

On the injury front, the only cause for concern was Ryan Braun. He left the game on Monday with a strained rib cage. He sat out the next two games as a precaution. Scooter Gennett was hit by a couple of pitches and Segura was hit in the face by a pitch, but both of them seem to be unaffected.

Games

Series

Record for the week

1-5

0-2

Record for the month

1-5

0-2

Record for the year

1-5

0-2

 

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