Milwaukee’s bullpen gave up big leads not once but twice Tuesday afternoon. The relievers allowed leads of 9-2 and 11-6 get away; however, Ramirez was able to save the bullpen from disgrace by hitting a two-out monster to right-center field.
Starter Marco Estrada pitched well despite a mistake in the first inning in which he surrendered two earned runs. Other than that, he displayed outstanding pitching skills and was able to give the Miami hitters trouble through six innings. Unfortunately, the bullpen was unable to give Estrada his first win of the season after they blew the game multiple times.
The following is the Brewers lineup against the Marlins for the July 4th afternoon game:
Right Field: Norichika Aoki
Center Field: Nyjer Morgan
Left Field: Ryan Braun
Third Base: Aramis Ramirez
First Base: Corey Hart
Second Base: Rickie Weeks
Catcher: George Kottaras
Shortstop: Cesar Izturis
Pitcher: Randy Wolf
Randy Wolf will get the start today and attempt to record his first win since April 30. It is not completely Wolf’s fault that he has not received a win. The bullpen has blown four consecutive leads with him on the mound and the offense has not mustered enough run support. Hopefully, Wolf will be able to pitch well and get the offense he needs to give the Brewers their fifth consecutive win.
Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, and Ramirez combined for seven hits and three home runs in Tuesday’s game. All three sluggers will need to have another good outing in order to ensure the success of the Brewers and keep the winning streak alive. George Kottaras is in the lineup today and will be catching behind home plate for Wolf. Cesar Izturis also gets the start today at shortstop. Both players will have to come through considering their respected counter parts played well yesterday.