Welcome back Jonathan Lucroy! The Brewers catcher broke his pinkie finger way back in February and made his season debut tonight in Pittsburgh. In a scoreless tie in the top of the 6th inning, Lucroy led off with a double and scored he game’s first run on a Carlos Gomez sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Prince Fielder hit a 3-run homer, and the scoreless duel between Shawn Marcum and the Pirates Kevin Correia was over with.
So was the game. That’s because Marcum, working with Lucroy fir the first time ever was brilliant. This was the Marcum the Brewers traded for. He threw 7 scoreless tonight giving up four hits and a walk while striking out four. He retired the first 12 hitters he faced and was in trouble only in the 5th and 7th innings, getting out of both jams unscathed.
After the Brewers scored two more runs in the top of the 8th to put the game out of reach, Marcum’s night was over. Three other relievers came in to finish the shutout, as the Brewers won for the 6th time in 7 games, winning for the first time in four tries on the road.
In golf, they say you can’t win the tournament on Thursday, but you sure as hell can lose it. Same is true with baseball. You can’t win a division in April, but you can certainly go along way towards losing one.
For the first time this season the Brewers are over .500 at 6-5. Considering eight days ago they were 0-4, they’ve come along way in a short time. With Lucroy back, Marcum throwing well, and Corey Hart and Zach Greinke both on the mend, things are looking a whole lot better for Ron Roenicke’s squad.
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!