Brewers sweep Cubs
Although a sweep of the Chicago Cubs isn’t necessarily anything to brag about, at this point in the season, the Brewers can’t be picky. The Brewers did indeed sweep the Cubs out of Miller Park on a day in which Ryan Braun carried the team offensively. The All-Star and reigning National League Most Valuable Player went 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. After his triple in the eighth inning, Braun fell just a single short of hitting for the cycle. Braun had to share “Player of the Game” honors with starter Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo allowed two runs in seven innings while striking out nine Chicago hitters. John Axford struck out the side in the ninth to record his 20 th save of the season and gave the Brewers a 3-2 victory.
The Brewers showed all series long that they are on a different level than the Cubs. Granted, that’s not to say the Brewers are a playoff-caliber team. However, Brewer pitchers struck out 37 Chicago hitters in the three-game series and have now struck out a league-leading 1042 hitters this season. Brewer batters also hit four home runs to increase their season total to 147. That number leads the National League. The Brewers don’t lack the talent to compete night in and night out. Their struggles stem from a well-documented lack of any semblance of a bullpen. Had the bullpen managed to navigate its way through even half of the games that it failed to close out, the Brewers would be in the conversation as playoff contenders.
The Brewers also announced that they released starting pitcher Randy Wolf. Wolf had struggled all season long and. The left hander posted a record of 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA. For as poor as he had been this season, Wolf was also the recipient of several blown saves by the Brewer bullpen. That still does not excuse his inflated ERA or the fact that Wolf was on pace to allow more hits and earned runs than he had in his entire career. The decision to release the 13 year veteran cleared a spot in the rotation for Shaun Marcum. Marcum, who is coming off of a stint on the 60-day DL, will start in Wolf’s place against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
By: Scott Kasten
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