Brewers Streak Crashes to Earth in 7-5 Loss to Astros

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All good things must come to an end and that’s exactly what happened today as the Brewers 11 game winning streak over the Astros came to an end in a 7-5 loss to close out the Miller Park homestand.  

Lots of action happened in this one so let’s dive right in, shall we?

Starters: 
MIL: Shaun Marcum (1-1, 4.13 ERA) – 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 7K (99, 60 strikes)
HOU:
 J.A. Haap (1-1, 4.70 ERA) – 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR (103 pitches, 64 strikes)

Brewers Highlights: 
Corey Hart: 2-3, 1BB, 1RBI (13), 1HR (6),  
Ryan Braun: 2-5, 2R, 2RBI (11), 1HR (4)
Carlos Gomez: 2-5, 1R, 1 triple, .371 avg
Travis Ishikawa: 1-3, 1RBI (5), 1HR (2) 

Astros Highlights: 
Jose Altuve: 4-5, 1RBI (8), 3 runs scored
J.D. Martinez: 3-4, 3RBI (18)
Chris Synder: 2-4, 1RBI (3)

Notes:

- Need a reason this game wen the Astros way?  Check out the teams RISP: Astros – 5-for-15 vs. Brewers – 0-for-7.  Ya, I’d say that’s not exactly a way to win a game, just saying.

- Carlos Gomez is finally hitting and continued to show why the platoon is a great idea with his 2-5 day and .371

- Ryan Braun’s 2 run shot held the 2nd best WPA (Wins Probability Added) of the game at + .185 but later in the game Chris Synder’s RBI single in the 7th outpaced that and proved why the WPA is such a great stat with it going for a – .187.  Yep, that’s the difference in the ball game.

- Once again the middle relief for Milwaukee can’t come through at all as Jose Veras (2H, 1R, 1ER) and Mike McClendon (2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER) gave up the lead after a good inning of work from Tim Dillard, who may becoming the best “middle relief” option this team has, but we’ll save that whole arguement for another topic…

- If you like drama then this was the series and the game for you as neither team could hold on to a lead to save their lives.  

Up Next: Milwaukee has tomorrow off before a weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  Yes, it’s early in the season, but winning the series would be a huge help in climbing back in the race with the Cards.   

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com

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