The tires have seemed to come off the rotation wheels lately. Since Shelby Miller’s last start the starters haven’t fared well and Lance Lynn tonight was no exception. Their inability to hit Marco Estrada also played out. After taking a 2-0 lead, Lynn allowed the Brewers to come back the next inning and take a 3-2 lead and then let them add another for a 4-2 lead. The inability to retire the top of the lineup was crucial. Aoki, Segura, and Braun kept wearing out Lynn, as they did Garcia last night. Though they did climb back into the game to tie the score at four apiece. The bullpen showed it’s strength again as Salas, Martinez, Rosenthal, and Mujica pitched the last four innings, though, Martinez ran into a rut and hit two batters. The redbirds had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth but Daniel Descalso struck out with the bases loaded on several pitches in the dirt. Observation: Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axeford was not throwing strikes. He just walked the previous two hitters. Why are you swinging? At pitches in the dirt? Bad atbat. One of the worst I have ever seen. Now, after losing momentum, Joe Kelly comes in. I cringed. Why? Here’s why. Though I think Kelly is talented and will be an amazing pitcher one day, I don’t believe that was the right moment to use him. He hasn’t pitched much and really has no defined role. My heart goes out to him. He gave up the two runs that allowed Milwaukee to win it 6-4. Even Dan McLaughlin’s voice showed the agony of the rbi hit. It simple terms, it really sucked.
Hopefully John Gast can pitch as good as he did in his first start because he’s going up against Kyle Loshe.