As former Reds great Barry Larkin said tonight in regards to the Brewers 3rd straight win, a 4-2 victory over the Braves, “It’s about pitching and it’s about offense.” Yes, I think we call that winning baseball.
The Brewers Shawn Marcum provided another strong start today for Milwaukee allowing just two runs in 6 innings, and for the 2nd straight day, the bullpen made it hold up by throwing three scoreless frames, ending with John Axford’s 2nd save in as many nights.
The offense Mr. Larkin was referring to once again was provided by Ryan Braun, who hit his 3rd homer of the young season with one on and one out in the home half of the first inning, giving the Brewers an early 2-0 lead. Atlanta came right back and tied it at 2-all when Martin Prado singled home two runs in the top of the 2nd inning.
Then it was Nyjer Morgan’s time. The speedster acquired toward the end of Spring Training once again provided a spark by doubling with one out in the 2nd, swiping 3rd, and scoring on a ground ball by knocking the ball away from Braves catcher Brian McCann. From that point on, Marcum settled into a groove, giving up just two singles in his final four innings of work. Marcum did not pitch well in his Brewers debut last Saturday in Cincinnati, struggling with his control. He walked 5 hitters and allowed 4 runs in less than five innings in taking the loss. Today, he was much better. After Morgan’s run gave the Brewers the lead again, Marcum made it stand up.
Ron Roenicke’s club has responded well after dropping their first four games of the season, by getting good pitching and just enough offense. Why, I think that’s a pretty good winning formula, don’t you Mr. Larkin?
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!