MILWAUKEE Despite the team's well-noted struggles at the plate this season, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before Wednesday's game against the Reds that if the team's pitching staff had been throwing the past month like it had last season, then the team could've easily overcome its woeful hitting in the season's first month.
There's reason to think he might be right, considering the Brewers' team ERA is 1.22 runs higher through one month than it was at the conclusion of last season.
On Wednesday, though, with ace Zack Greinke on the mound, the opposite ended up being true.
Greinke turned in, arguably, the best pitching performance by a Brewers starter this season, registering eight scoreless innings and striking out 11 batters his 15th double-digit strikeout performance of his career. The right-hander also tallied just 104 pitches in eight innings, 69 of which were strikes, and allowed just two hits in a 2-1 loss that was a scoreless tie until the ninth inning.