Barry Enright is an interesting pitcher. Entering tonight, he had a 2.81 ERA despite a wholly average profile. Tonight, he somehow limited the Brewers to only 3 hits on 18 balls in play. He didn’t look that fantastic, but the Brewers just couldn’t mount anything even resembling a rally. The only run for the Brewers, perhaps even more shockingly, came on an Alcides Escobar home run, his third of the season.
Manny Parra held the Diamondbacks to only one run, but six walks in less than six innings is utterly unacceptable, and Parra was extremely lucky to escape relatively unscathed, although this might simply be some regression to the mean. One particularly encouraging sequence, however, came in the fourth inning, after two walks and a double loaded the bases for the Diamondbacks. A big inning seemed inevitable, until this happened.
M Parra M Reynolds 4 0 123 1-0
Mark Reynolds struck out swinging.
M Parra S Drew 4 1 123 1-0
Stephen Drew flied out to center (Fliner (Fly)).
M Parra R Ryal 4 2 123 1-0
Rusty Ryal flied out to right (Fly).
To be able to get through the next three batters, including two very solid hitters in Reynolds and Drew, looked like it would be key. Still, the six walks led to a high pitch count from Parra, forcing the Brewers to go to the bullpen relatively early. Miguel Montero took Chris Capuano deep to go ahead for good in the 8th, as the Brewers couldn’t get past Sam Demel in the ninth.
The Brewers lineup shows that it really needs Ryan Braun and Corey Hart. However, Lorenzo Cain continues to impress, both at the plate and in the field. Even though the Brewers won’t be going to the playoffs this year, young players like Cain give us reason to watch as the season drags into the dog days of summer.