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Stat Of The Night: Marcum One Fifth Of The Way To History

Once again tonight Shaun Marcum was both good and efficient, getting through seven innings with just 98 pitches and issuing just one walk. Since allowing five walks to the Reds on Opening Weekend, Marcum has allowed two free passes or less in eight consecutive starts. The longest such streak by a Brewer is 40 starts, and 20 has been done seven times in franchise history:

Pitcher Season(s) Starts
Lary Sorensen 1978-79 40
Moose Haas 1984-85 27
Ben Sheets 2005-07 25
Dave Bush 2008 22
Ben Sheets 2004 21
Dave Bush 2006-07 20
Mike Caldwell 1983-84 20

This is now tied for the third longest such streak of Marcum's career. He went 13 straight starts without walking three in 2007, and had nine and eight game streaks in 2010. He set a career low with 2.0 walks per nine innings last season, and tonight's outing lowered his 2011 rate to 2.1.