ATLANTA, GA - MAY 04: Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 4, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
This was a reasonably enjoyable game for a while. Craig Counsell had an RBI single in the second and the Crew actually had the lead for an inning. The Braves came back with two in the bottom of the third, but Prince Fielder tied it up with his seventh homer of the year, the 199th of his career.
But things started to go downhill after that. The Braves got two more in the fourth and three more in the sixth to give them a 8-2 lead. Eight of those runs (seven of them earned) belonged to Marco Estrada. The Brewers would get one more back in the eigth, but that was it.
A couple other notable tidbits:
- Ryan Braun's consecutive on-base streak ended in this game, at 28 games.
- An interesting play occured in the third when Tommy Hanson laid down a bunt. Casey McGehee fielded it, only to find out that Rickie Weeks was not covering first, and Hanson reached. That would eventually lead to a run.
Greinkemas turned out to not be as exciting as planned, although it probably would've been better had the defense not been atrocious. Greinke, who was a 90 pitch limit, threw over 30 pitches in the first inning alone because of two errors, courtesy of Wil Nieves and Prince Fielder, which led to one unearned run in the first inning. Greinke also allowed another run in the second to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.
After pitching a quick 1-2-3 third, the wheels started to fall off. Greinke allowed three runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Eric Hinske and a 2-run homer by Nate McLouth. Greinkemas came to an abrupt and depressing end.
Meanwhile, the Brewers offense was once again absent. To quote Harry Doyle "One hit? That's all we got, one g*!#$^m hit?"
Hang in there, Brewers fans. This misery can't last much longer.