Veteran starter Kyle Lohse, despite pitching a solid seven innings and only giving up three earned runs on just two bad pitches all game, had no Brewer bats to help him out. As a result, the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Braves 5-2 last night.
Lohse recorded eight strikeouts, but was undone by just two bad pitches that ended up leaving Miller Park. The first was a two-run bomb by Jason Heyward, and the second was a solo shot by Freddie Freeman.
The only run the Brewers could put together during the first seven innings was a first-pitch solo shot by Carlos Gomez to center field to lead off the bottom of the first. After that, young southpaw Alex Wood stymied the Brewer offense. His final line was that one earned run on five hits over seven innings.
Last year, it seemed that every time Lohse went to pitch, the Brewer bats took the day off. It’s the main reason why Lohse’s record was only 11-10. Lohse’s first start of this season appears to be following last year’s trend.
The Brewers did have some chances to score, particularly in the second inning. Lohse couldn’t bunt Rickie Weeks and Mark Reynolds over to second and third with no outs, and ended up bunting foul with two strikes. Gomez followed him with an inning-ending double play.
Aramis Ramirez plated Gomez in the eighth to make it 4-2, but beyond that, the Brewers couldn’t solve the Braves’ pitching.
It’s too early to panic about how the Brewers aren’t scoring many runs. What I can do is offer some takeaway points over these first two games.
- The Brewers have displayed some solid pitching. Yovani Gallardo tossed a gem on Monday, and Brandon Kintzler, Will Smith, and Francisco Rodriguez were all dynamite in sealing the win. Add in Lohse’s quality start today and the Brewers have got a solid pitching start to the year.
- It’s time to move on. By this I mean baseball in general needs to move on past Ryan Braun’s suspension and scandal. He’s paid his dues, and from his interviews he’s very ready to put it behind him and focus on helping the team win. And by the standing ovation he got on Monday, Brewers fans are too. So, ESPN and MLB Network need to get it in their heads that it’s time to start treating the Milwaukee Brewers as an organization, and not just the team where Ryan Braun is playing. There’s more to talk about than just Braun’s roller coaster ride of a year last year.
- The hitting will come. The Braves have good pitching, even with their many injuries. Julio Teheran is a force to be reckoned with, and Alex Wood was coming off a 0.45 ERA spring, so the Brewers knew this kid was the real deal.
The Brewers play the series finale today at 12:10 PM CT, in what will be Matt Garza’s Brewers debut. Visit the Brewers page here on isportsweb for analysis of that game and games to come.