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Lucroy Returns As Brewers Win Again

Posted By Scott Johnston On Apr 13 2011 @ 10:38 pm In Milwaukee Brewers | 1 Comment

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.

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