After two shutout performances against the Atlanta Braves the bullpen let the Brewers down in a 8-7 loss in Atlanta Sunday. Tommy Hanson made his Major league debut for the Braves and it looked like he was going to have a banner day, but it ended after he retired the first ten Brewer batters. From that point the Brewers batters were able to get him for seven runs in six innings of worked.
Ryan Braun hit two home runs and Mike Cameron hit one as the Brewers scored enough runs to win the game, but the bullpen let them down. Carlos Villanueva took the lost, but in his defense this was his third straight appearance out of the bullpen. He said he wasn’t tired, but he got some pitches up and when you do that against Major league players they will make you pay. Manny Parra who started for the Brewers only lasted 5 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits and five runs. Parra has to pitch better and longer. Right now we are asking to much from the bullpen. You cannot only go around six innings a game and except the bullpen to close the door everytime it will not happen.
Give the Braves credit and especially Chipper Jones who was 4 for 4. They got the job done when needed and the Brewers did not plain and simple. The Brewers have the day off today and head home to take on the Rockies tuesday.