MILWAUKEE A command pitcher without grips on his command is often not a recipe for a good outing on the mound, and on Saturday night, that seemed to be the case for Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum.
Since coming back from shoulder tightness that kept him out of the rotation for around two months, Marcum has struggled mightily with his commandthe calling card that made him a top-of-the-rotation guy for the entirety of his career.
But on Saturday night, as has been the case in the other four starts he's made since returning to the Brewers active roster, Marcum just didn't have his command.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke saw the signs early. And after just four innings, in which he gave up four runs, walked two and hit one batter, Marcum again was forced to leave the game early.
"When you're talking about a guy that's a command pitcher and he doesn't have his command, I don't know what the reason would be," Roenicke said. "His stuff was good today. The fastball came out real good, but ...