Game 23 Thoughts: Good Riddance, April

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W: Clayton Richard (1-2)
L: Dave Bush (1-2)
SV: Heath Bell (7)

SD HR: Scott Hairston (3)
MIL HR: None

Sorry about being so late to get this up, but if you didn’t catch the game Friday night, you didn’t miss much.

The Brewers were shut out for the second game in a row — the first time that’s happened since July 27-28, 2005 — effectively wasting a good start from Bush. To make matters worse, Carlos Gomez strained his left knee trying to beat out a bunt in the first inning, and likely won’t play for the rest of this series.

The Brewers closed April at 9-14, extending their losing streak to 4 games and losing 7 of their past 8. Oh yeah, they’re also a half game out of last place.

It was definitely a frustrating month, between bad personnel decisions (putting Jeff Suppan in the rotation) and bad performances (Doug Davis‘ first few starts, Trevor Hoffman blowing 4 saves). The future doesn’t look to be too sunny, either, with the team facing the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in the final two legs of this long West Coast trip, and the Braves and Phillies waiting for the Brewers at Miller Park when they get home.

May is a new month, though, and hopefully the bats start to heat up the closer we get to summer. If there’s any reason to be optimistic, it’s the fact that we’ve started to see some better performances out of the starting rotation and they could have been 13-10 and in second place if Trevor Hoffman converts all of his save opportunities.

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