Shaun Marcum had a rough Brewer debut tonight, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and lasting just 4.2 innings. What's more notable, though, is Marcum's walk total: After averaging just 1.4 walks per start over all of 2010, he walked five batters in his relatively brief outing tonight. Those five walks tied a career high:
There is some good news, though: When Marcum walked five Giants last season, he came back to beat the Phillies in his next start.
Brewer starting pitchers didn't walk five batters in a game for the first time last season until May 2, when Randy Wolf walked six. The Brewers' starter also hadn't walked five in a game since Wolf did it on August 30. As a team, they did it ten times last season and Wolf was responsible for four of them.