That’s better!

The Brewers bounced back to beat the Cubs and Wade Miller 9-4 on Sunday. But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. A 4-run second, including back-to-back solo shots by Geoff Jenkins and Gabe Gross, gave Brewers’ starter Chris Capuano a nice cushion. The Brewers plated another pair in the 5th, and the 6-run cushion meant that skipper Ned Yost could leave Chris Capuano in longer than he should have, which he did. Cappy gave up 4 runs in the 6th, 2 ER’s, and even Matt Wise, coming in for Cappy with just one out, and recorded one out before giving away to lefty Brian Shouse. Turnbow struggled a bit in the top of the 8th, starting out by hitting Derrek Lee, then serving up a single to Aramis Ramirez. But Turnbow then fanned second baseman Mark DeRosa, got catcher Michael Barrett to fly out, and killed the rally with a strikeout of Daryl Ward. The Brewers got all the insurance runs they needed, and then some, when Craig Counsell tripled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th to ice the win. So, with week one in the books, the Crew is tied for third with the Cubs in the NL Central at 3-3, a game behind both the Reds and the Pirates. The Brewers finish week one 9th in the NL in OBP at .315, and tied with the Braves for the most homers in the NL with 9 (so much for small ball, eh?). But the pitching is 12th in ERA at 4.33, and tied for 7th in K’s at 38 with the Astros and Pirates. Next up…three in Miami against the Marlins…Monday night’s matchup pits Jeff Suppan against Anibal Sanchez for the Marlins.

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