Brewers beat Cubs again

11 03 2008

In a rematch between the two front-runners for the NL Central, Milwaukee’s bats came out loud and strong against the Cubs’ Rich Hill.  The Brewers won the game 6-4 and were able to rack up 13 hits against their rival from the south to continue their win streak.

Records: Brewers (9-4); Cubs (5-8)

Batting

Tony Gwynn Jr., Eric Munson, and Corey Hart all went 2-3 on the day.  Munson collected two RBI, but Gwynn and Hart had no runs batted in to show for their efforts.  They both did score, however, as Tony crossed the plate twice, and Corey scored one run.

Gabe Kapler continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2-5 with an RBI.  He’s now hitting .333 this spring.  He and Gwynn are putting up a battle for starting time during the first 25 games of the season when Mike Cameron is out with his suspension.  Alcides Escobar also had a nice day, finishing 2-4.

Pitching

Ned Yost said he needed to see some big improvement from Dave Bush in the next couple outings if he expects to make the starting rotation.  Bush’s first inning did not impress anyone, as he gave up three runs to put the Brewers in an early hole.  He did settle down nicely after that, however.  Dave pitched three scoreless innings after that, while striking out four Cubs.  Perhaps that does show improvement, but it still lets me know that he cannot avoid the big inning.

Manny Parra, on the other hand, continued to impress today.  He pitched four scoreless innings and by all accounts, looked fabulous.  He only surrendered one hit and struck out four batters.  His ERA is now 1.00 in nine innings of work this spring.  He’s going to make it very difficult for Brewers coaches to keep him out of the rotation.

Brian Shouse was the only other Brewer to pitch today, and he gave up one run on two hits in the top of the ninth.  Things could have gotten much worse for the lefty, but he induced a slick double play ball that Escobar and Dillon quickly turned over.

On Tap

Ben Sheets looks to continue his fine spring tomorrow against the San Francisco Giants at 3:05pm CT.  He’ll be facing Matt Cain.

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