In the end Marcum pitched seven shutout innings. His command looked much improved, prompting Tom Haudricourt to label him "The Marcum the Brewers Expected." The Brewers tacked on a couple more runs, including one scored by Nyjer Morgan in which he continued his Tony Plush-style of play, bowling over catcher Ryan Doumit in another hard (and legitimate) play at the plate.
|An image we'll see many more times this year|
Two sources of worry continued last night with regard to the Brewers bullpen. Zach Braddock led off the seventh inning. He faced three batters, garnering one out and walking the other two. His control looked bad, and his velocity even worse. Jaymes Langrehr of the Brewers Bar wrote of concerns about Braddock's lack of velocity. The other source of concern: the overuse of Kameron Loe. In the first eleven games this season he's appeared in seven of them. SessileFielder aptly summed up the nature of the concern in the top of this series of tweets.
The Brewers are playing some excellent ball right now. A true test will be the series in Philadelphia next week and the series vs the Reds the week after. They currently hold second place in the NL Central, 1.5 games behind the division-leading Reds who lost last night in walk-off fashion to the Padres.
On a side note, Jim Breen of Bernies Crew wrote an excellent piece on Brewers fans hopes for a Prince Fielder extension. A truly well-written article, I told him it's one of the best I've seen on his site since I started frequenting it. He's also correct in his analysis.