ARLINGTON, Tex. — Oh, what a difference a few days will make!
Last week, the Brewers faced these same Rangers in Milwaukee. The Crew was desperate. Defensive flubs and pitching mishaps led to a Rangers sweep and a five-game Brewers losing streak.
But then the Blue Jays came to town and helped raise the Brewers’ spirits. Three games later, Brewers pitchers have allowed a total of two runs and the Brewers are working on a three-game winning streak.
No, the offense isn’t scoring at a mind numbing pace. But that’s why consistent pitching is so important. You won’t always score five or six runs. When you don’t, you still want a chance to win.
And that’s what happened again today. On the heels of a Mike Caldwell shutout, Moose Haas nearly matched the performance with eight incredible innings of his own. He allowed only a run on six hits while striking out six.
Best of all? Rollie Fingers is officially back. He pitched a perfect ninth today, striking out two to earn his second save of the season. I think we can all relax now when it comes to Rollie. He’s back to rock star status once again.
Give Rick Honeycutt, the Rangers starting pitcher, some credit. He did all he could to win this game, allowing only two runs in nine full innings of work. But in a game like this, it all comes down to talent on the mound. And once again today, the Brewers prevailed.
Feels good, doesn’t it? Let’s keep it rollin’.
Game Notes: Robin Yount, who had been battling a hamstring pull, returned to the starting lineup and went 0-for-4.