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Joey Votto.
Joey Votto.

W: Carlos Fisher (1-1)
L: Trevor Hoffman (1-3)

HR: Ryan Braun (7), Joey Votto (9), Scott Rolen (8)

MVP: Marco Estrada (+.273)
LVP: Trevor Hoffman (- roughly a billion)

Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game Voting
SB Nation Coverage

I've resisted saying it for some time now, but I'm ready to admit it: Trevor Hoffman is done.

Called upon to defend a 4-2 lead in an otherwise very well played ballgame, Hoffman surrendered three straight solid base hits, including a two run home run to Scott Rolen, walked Brandon Phillips and gave up a walkoff hit off the wall to Joey Votto. To sum up: He blew the game without recording an out.

Here's today's other stuff, largely irrelevant now:

  • Manny Parra pitched relatively well in his first start of the season, allowing a run on four hits and four walks in four innings, throwing 83 pitches.
  • Marco Estrada, however, was the star of the day for the Crew. Making his Brewer debut, Estrada pitched four excellent innings, allowing a run on just two hits and no walks, striking out four. He retired the first nine batters he faced in order and needed just 55 pitches to complete four innings.
  • At the plate, Casey McGehee was the hero of the day. He went 3-for-4 with a double, drove in two runs and picked up the first stolen base of his career. He was the only Brewer with multiple hits.
  • Speaking of stolen bases, George Kottaras also had the first of his career in the ninth inning. He went 0-for-2 with two walks on the day.