Joe Mauer picked up 4 hits but the Twins got absolutely beat up by the Brewers in a 16 - 4 pounding today at Miller Park. Minnesota went through 6 pitchers (including backup catcher Drew Butera) as Jason Marquis was only able to go 1.2 innings in his 7th start of the season, bringing his record to 2-4 with a depressing 8.47 ERA.
Conversely, Zack Greinke had the game in total control, going 6.2 innnings giving up 1 ER and picking up 6 K's along the way. And Jonathan Lucroy tied a Brewers franchise record by driving in 7 runs on a day when the 10 run mercy rule would've been nice.
The Twins were able to draw first blood after a Willingham singled to left, scoring Ben Revere but the Brewers countered with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st and never looked back picking up 6 in the 2nd, 2 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th and 5 more in the 7th.
Once again, Minnesota's starting pitching let the team down.
Marquis has 2 quality starts this year with a win against KC (6.0, 3ER) and a loss against Seattle (6.0, 2ER). But he hasn't been able to go more than 6.1 innings this season and that number seems to be getting less and less with each start. For a guy who was brought over as an "innings eater", he's certainly not living up to that billing.
The Twins are going to have to look at their options (which aren't many) to figure something out for their starting pitching. Maybe that would be putting Swarzak or Duensing back into the rotation, or trading for an arm that can give us some quality starts.
Either way, they can't afford to continue to give Marquis the ball every 5th start when guys like Butera have to come in and finish the game.