While Tuesday's loss to the Reds seemed to be about one Brewers starting pitcher running out of gas, Wednesday's blowout 8-1 win over Cincinnati was about another starting pitcher finding a little bit left in the tank.
In his previous six starts since returning from elbow tightness that kept him out of the rotation for two months, Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum hadn't been himself. His ERA in that span had ballooned to 5.16, as his command continued to be sporadic. Even his body language suggested that he wasn't comfortable on the mound.
But on Wednesday, those previous starts aside, Marcum blazed through the Reds' stout lineup, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out seven. He did a lot of his damage by getting ahead of batters early, something he hadn't been able to for the life of him in his previous starts.
And as one of only two veterans in the Brewers rotation, in the most important do-or-die stretch of the season, Marcum's bounce-back performance was h...