It was a tumultuous spring for Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza, who had signed a four year, $50 million contract in the offseason. He struggled mightily, and reporters were questioning his ability.
Garza silenced all those questioners with an incredible Milwaukee debut, throwing a no-hitter into the seventh inning and only allowing one run, a solo shot by Chris Johnson.
On virtually any other night, this kind of pitching performance would result in a victory for Garza.
Unfortunately, the Milwaukee Brewers’ offense did not show up again today, as they managed only two hits and no runs off four Braves pitchers. The abysmal performance spoiled an incredible outing by Garza.
This game really saddens me. Last year I got used to the fact that Kyle Lohse, while pitching well, would almost never get any run support. I frequently thought last year that if the Brewers could actually hit the ball on Lohse’s starting days, Lohse could have accumulated one of the best records in baseball to go along with his sub-four ERA. Now I’m worried that the next quality free agent starting pitcher is going to have the same lack of run support.
The potential for the Brewers lineup is incredibly high. Gomez, Segura, Braun, Ramirez, and Lucroy will definitely drive the runs home. They have just started off extremely slowly. They have the talent to be putting runs on the board every night, but this series is just another example of the idiosyncrasies of baseball: sometimes the pitching is there while the hitting is not. But like I said in my last article, the hitting will come; it is too early to panic.
I was really hoping Garza could get a win in his Brewers debut, and I could not have asked for a better performance out of him. Eight innings with just 90 pitches? That’s staggering. It makes me get really excited to see what this starting rotation can accomplish with him as part of it now. Gallardo, Lohse, and Garza all pitched great this series, and if they can all stay healthy, the Brewers have a real shot to jump in the NL Central.
The Brewers now travel to Fenway to battle the Red Sox. What I’m most hoping for, besides the Brewers actually scoring runs, is for Ryan Braun to lead the offensive charge. I’m already incredibly sick of people focusing solely on his batting performance this opening series. But I feel like rival fans have nothing better to do except make juicing jokes and take away from other Brewer performances (like Garza’s stellar day). I can’t stress enough how much I want people to just move on and focus on the team, not on only one player.
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