Bullpen, defense spoil Estrada’s 11 K’s

> The title of this post basically explains the story of the Brewers’ season up to this point. Those two things, also paired with an inconsistent offense, spell for a bad season.

> After last night’s huge rally in the eighth, the Pirates came back with a rally of their own tonight, defeating the Brewers 6-4. But, the Brewers pretty much gave away the game once it was turned over to the bullpen, which has become a routine thing lately. Marco Estrada went just 5 2/3 innings while giving up three runs, but he struck out 11 in the process. He left the game in the sixth with the lead, and Kameron Loe got the final out of the inning. But Loe came back in the seventh and didn’t miss a beat- a single and two errors, one by Ryan Braun and one by Loe himself, tied the game up at four. The go-ahead run scored on a passed ball charged to Martin Maldonado on the fourth pitch of an unintentional intentional walk to Andrew McCutchen.

Yeah, it was that kind of night.

> Ron Roenicke continues to prove to me what an idiot he’s become, and here are a few examples. Corey Hart has established himself as a stellar defensive first baseman (far better than than the guy with the last name Fielder). So, what does Roenicke do? Move him back to right field and start Travis Ishikawa. That in itself is stupid.

But Ishikawa didn’t make it any better. After hitting a pinch-hit single last night, he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, including a strikeout looking against Joel Hanrahan to end the game. Not to mention the pitch was right down the middle.

And remember how Cody Ransom hit the go-ahead grand slam last night? Screw that, let’s start Cesar Izturis. Over Ransom and Jeff Bianchi, who was hitting .300 at Triple-A prior to his call-up.

Sometimes I wonder what goes on in the mind of Roenicke. But we only have to deal with it until 2015.

> On the bright side of all of this, Jonathan Lucroy’s return time might be accelerated. He had an encouraging BP session earlier today, and could be headed out on a Minor League rehab assignment in a few days.

> And that’s about it. Yovani Gallardo will try and give the Brewers a needed series win tomorrow. And we get two benefits from this- Gallardo dominates the Pirates, and he won’t have to start in the next series against the Cardinals.

Anyway, thanks for reading.

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