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Monday, April 18, 2011

Brewers Season Already Over For the Second Time

After winning seven of the nine games vs the Braves, Cubs, and Pirates, the Brewers faltered this weekend in Washington vs the Nationals. Defensive miscues and a rough inning by Chris Narveson in which he handed Nats pitcher Tom Gorzelanny an RBI walk sealed the loss on Friday. Yovani Gallardo struggled in game one of the doubleheader on Sunday, giving up two three-run home runs, while Marco Estrada, meanwhile, pitched well in game two only to watch the bullpen lose the game. The offense just didn't get it done all weekend, hammering out eighteen singles of their twenty total hits on Sunday. All in all, the Brewers played poorly this weekend, pushing their record back below .500 (7-8).

The Brewers open a series in Philadelphia today as Shaun Marcum takes the mound against Joe Blanton. With Blanton as the Phillies #5 starter, that means they'll probably see Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in games two and three, which makes today's game the likeliest for a Brew Crew victory. Simply put, they need to put this weekend's series behind them (as after Opening Weekend in Cincinnati) and focus on playing quality baseball. The season is not over, and there's no need to panic. Baseball is a funny sport and just because the Brewers were swept by a bad-to-average team doesn't mean they can't turn around and win a game or two against a quality team like the Phillies.

All three games will be televised nationally: tonights on ESPN at 6:05 CST, tomorrow's on MLB Network at 6:05, and Wednesdays again on MLB Network at 12:05.

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