Diamondbacks vs. Brewers: Bullpens Enter, Scoring Stops

I don't want to be too mean about Randy Wolf or Joe Saunders. They are perfectly serviceable starting pitchers. They belong in the Major Leagues. But here's the fact of the matter: when Wolf and Saunders were pitching tonight, the score was 7-3 after three innings. They then gave way to relievers Marco Estrada and Micah Owings, respectively, and the score is still 7-3 after five. That makes Wolf and Saunders look really bad. At least if the scoring had continued, they could've pretended it was just one of those nights.

In the top of the fifth, Owings worked around a two-out double by Prince Fielder, which he ripped down the right field line by turning on a high and tight fastball that would've handcuffed almost anybody else.

In the bottom of the fifth, Estrada worked 1-2-3, generating a pair of strikeouts. Interestingly, Owings batted for himself, and was then removed for Jarrod Parker to begin the top of the sixth. Owings, of course, is a pretty good hitter and is known for his Brooks Kieschnickness, but it's still notable on paper.

So anyway, if the Brewers want to end this thing tonight, they have 12 outs to score at least four runs. Against last year's Diamondbacks bullpen, it would be hard not to do that. This year, they have actual pitchers, so it's more of a challenge.

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