> I didn’t get to see much of today’s game because it started while I was still in school (one reason I hate day games). But, I turned on the game just in time to see the Brewers take the lead, in a way that could make this game one of the pivotal Brewers moments early this season.
The Brewers took down the Cubs again today, 2-1, and have taken this four-game series, regardless of what happens tomorrow (but of course we want it to be a win). The pitching on both sides was great, as both teams had their aces going: Yovani Gallardo for the Brewers and Ryan Dempster for the Cubs. Going into today, both had been great against the opposing team.
But it was Gallardo who out-dueled Dempster. He went seven innings while giving one run on five hits. He struck out six and walked two. This was a much-needed start for Gallardo, who got murdered by the Cardinals on Opening Day, and showed today that it was a fluke.
The Cubbies got on the board in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro. After that, though, Gallardo locked down and returned to the from we’re used to seeing from him. Dempster had held the Brewers scoreless and looked like he usually did against them; until the seventh inning, that is. After he gave up a double to Mat Gamel, George Kottaras hit a go-ahead two-run blast that made the score 2-1, and that would hold until the end of the game. Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford combined for six strikeouts- both striking out the side in their respective innings- to finish off the game.
> One thing I didn’t realize until after the game (because I didn’t get to watch the game from start to finish) was that Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, and Jonathan Lucroy were all held out of the starting lineup. Those are some of the best hitters in the Brewers’ lineup, so it’s pretty remarkable that the Brewers could still manage to beat a pitcher like Dempster. Although Braun and Hart both have awful career numbers against Dempster.
> And that’s about it. The Brewers will go for a sweep of the Cubs tomorrow at 12:05 PM CT (so I’m probably going to miss the whole game). Zack Greinke (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will go for the Brewers, and he’s coming off a stellar start against the Cardinals in which he went seven scoreless innings. He’s 2-1 in his career against the Cubs, with a 3.20 ERA (two gems and one disaster start).
The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (0-0, 3.00 ERA), who is starting his second year with them. He’s 2-1 with a 4.35 ERA in his career against the Crew.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.