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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brewers, Senators Battle to Sudsy Standoff

The newly formed Milwaukee Brewers made their first trip to RFK Stadium to battle the up and coming Washington club.  The two teams battled to a standoff, with Milwaukee taking the first two but Washington coming back to take the latter pair, for a 2-2 series ties.

Washington at least snapped Tommy Harper's six game hitting streak. Harper is hitting an unreal .349 to start the season.

Game One: MIL 5, WAS 2

W: Pattin (3-1)
L: Coleman (1-3)

Marty "Duck" Pattin continued his hot season start, only allowing one run in 6.1 innings and lowering his ERA to 1.61. Joe Coleman again wasn't on his game, giving up key doubles to Steve Hovley, Danny Walton and Pattin as he was knocked around for 10 hits in seven innings. Pattin did walk six, including walking home a run, but worked around his control issues.

Game Two: MIL 3, WAS 0
W: Lauzerique (2-1)
L: Shelleback (1-2)
S: Locker (5)

The unheralded George Lauzerique, who never had success as a major leaguer, found the pot of gold against a weak hitting Washington club that is especially cold vs. lefties. Lauzerique and two releivers, including closer Bob Locker, shut down the Sens' offense on seven singles. Meanwhile, Mike Hershberger -- another unknown who hits lefties well -- and Walton pounded homers for Milwaukee off portsider Jim Shellenback for the win.

Game Three: WAS 11, MIL 3
W: Bosman (2-1)
L: Krausse (3-2)

Washington took some revenge as the hitters finally woke up and the starting pitching also responded. Dick Bosman pitched eight innings of three hit ball to move over .500, while Lew Krausse was bombed for eight runs, five in the first two innings, in his worst start of the year. Eddie Brinkman, Ed Stroud and Lee Maye all knocked in two runs, and Maye hit his fifth double of the year, as the veteran is off to a great start. Harper did get his sixth homer of the year in the loss.

Game Four: WAS 3, MIL 0
W: Brunet (1-1)
L: Bolin (1-2)

35-year old pitcher George Brunet, who had been shaky all season, threw like an ace, going all nine and shutting down the Brew Crew offense on three hits. Bob Bolin was effective for Milwaukee but was prone to the gopher ball. He gave up Aurelio Rodriguez's first homer as a Senator and back-to-back shots from Mike Epstein and Maye to give Washington the runs they needed.

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