After offense struggles all game, Braun lifts Brewers with homer

At this point, the Brewers’ offense is probably the worst it’s been all year. But, they keep getting clutch hits when they need them, and the pitching keeps them in the game.

The Brewers walked-off against the Rockies today and won in 11 innings, 3-2. The final blow was a solo shot by Ryan Braun off Rockies reliever Matt Lindstrom. It was Braun’s 12th career walk-off hit, and it picked up a Brewers’ offense that hasn’t scored more than three runs since September 5th.

Before Braun’s homer, the offense struggled with runners in scoring position again, going 0-for-6 with RISP. And, they managed one run off Rockies starter Esmil Rogers over six innings. Note that Rogers had an ERA over 6.00 coming into today. Anyway, that one run came on a Prince Fielder home run, which tied up the game in the sixth.

Zack Greinke went just five innings today, but that was because of a very high pitch count, which ended at 116. He had very sloppy defense behind him, though, which was the cause for the extended pitch count. Anyway, the bullpen picked Greinke up, going six shutout innings (Kameron Loe picked up the win).

The Brewers will go for a two-game sweep tomorrow against the Rockies and will send Shaun Marcum (12-6, 3.25 ERA) to the mound. He’s coming off a bad start against the Phillies in which he gave up five runs, but he’s 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in his career against the Rockies.

The Rox will counter with Kevin Millwood (2-2, 3.79 ERA). Yeah, he’s still around. Millwood is pitching in the National League for the first time since 2004 when he was with the Phillies. He had a bad year with the Orioles last year, and has bounced around between three Minor League systems this year (Yankees, Red Sox, Rockies), but has ended up in the Majors with the Rockies to fill in for the injured Juan Nicasio. Anyway, Millwood is 4-2 with a 5.23 ERA against the Brewers in his career.

By the way, I have to make this post shorter than usual because the game didn’t end until late, and I have to get up early tomorrow. I might add a few things tomorrow, if I get the time.

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