At least we have baseball again.
This was, all in all, a wholly mediocre game for the Brewers. Dave Bush pitched okay – not great – allowing nine baserunners including two walks and two home runs while striking out five in five innings. The home runs turned out to be costly, and really, given the fact that Bush allowed nearly two baserunners per inning, Bush was lucky that both HRs were of the solo variety.
Still, the Brewers should have been able to capitalize against Jurrjens, who didn’t miss bats and only struck out three Brewers. The story was a mix between mediocre contact, good defensive plays by the Braves, some bad baserunning, and the fact that Turner Field is a big time pitcher’s park. Jurrjens and the Braves defense did enough to scatter the eight baserunners that he allowed. Once it got to the bullpen, it was over, as the combination of Peter Moylan, Jonny Venters, and Billy Wagner is about as good as there is in baseball, particularly the latter two. Venters has been a strikeout machine, racking up over one per inning this year, and a groundball machine as well, with his GB% over 63%. That’s a fantastic combination and one that will lead to many scoreless outings in the future. We’re more familiar with Billy Wagner, an old closer who can still get it done. He made Jim Edmonds and Jonathan Lucroy look ridicluous before inducing a weak liner to shortstop off the bat of Alcides Escobar to end the game.
The Braves are a really good team, which makes it unfortunate that the Brewers couldn’t capitalize in a close game like tonight. The loss pushes the Brewers ten games back of .500, and the trade deadline is getting ever closer.