|Red Sox to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke: ‘Hold’ this||06.20.11 at 11:18 am ET|
Even after watching two of his best pitchers get rocked this weekend at Fenway, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke still thought his staff had the right stuff to shut down the hottest offense in baseball.
He was dead wrong.
The Red Sox outscored the Brewers 22-7 in winning Friday and Sunday and taking two-of-three from the leaders of the NL Central.
On paper, there was some rational thought to thinking that Milwaukee – with the trio of Shaun Marcum, Randy Wolf and Yovani Gallardo – could come in and make it a very competitive series. Marcum was 7-2, with a 2.68 ERA. Wolf was 4-4, with a 3.20 ERA and Gallardo was 8-3 and 3.76. All very good pitchers with very good numbers. And that doesn’t even include Zack Greinke.
Wolf held up his end of the bargain with seven stellar innings, allowing the Red Sox just two runs, lowering his ERA to 2.73 in four career starts at Fenway in Milwaukee’s 4-2 win Saturday night.
But Marcum – thanks to a balky hip flexor – lasted just one inning, throwing a stunning 46 pitches in the process. He allowed two runs before departing. And on Sunday, the first inning was even worse for Yovani Gallardo. He was shelled for six runs, throwing 48 pitches as the Red Sox sent 11 men to the plate to put the game away early.
“We come with two pitches in Marcum and Gallardo, these two guys, they’re studs,” Roenicke said after Sunday’s 12-3 drubbing. “I thought coming into this ball park, I thought they’d hold down this good offense and they didn’t.”
The Red Sox made Gallardo look shaky and apparently that affected his fielding, as he dropped a routine toss from Prince Fielder that would have retired Adrian Gonzalez for the first out. Instead, Kevin Youkilis drilled a three-run homer in the next at-bat.
“I don’t think he looked out of sorts for the first two hitters,” Roenicke said. “I think he made a nice pitch on Ellsbury, nice curveball. And I thought with Pedroia, he made a lot of good pitches and he fouling until Yo got one up a little bit and Pedroia hits the nice line drive.
“Then I thought he was OK but then after the ground ball he dropped at first base, I thought he maybe started making a lot more mistakes there. I don’t know if he was ticked or what it was. But he just didn’t pitch well after that.”
Despite allowing two runs in the second inning, Tim Wakefield really never let the Brewers back in the game.
“I thought if Yo shut them down, I thought we had a chance to catch up,” Roenicke said. “Unfortunately, I thought Wakefield’s knuckleball was really good. When it’s good you’re not going to hit him. We got those two, but you have to keep pecking away. They did on their side.
“The hard part is when he throws you a good one, nobody is going to hit it. That’s the hard part. There’s times where we’ve come in where he hasn’t had a good knuckleball and it’s completely different. But when he’s like he is today, you’re fortunate to get runs off him.”
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