Apparently not Matt Garza, Garza came out on fire Wednesday afternoon, and pitched "lights out" for 8 innings, unfortunately one light was left on and the Crew lost 1-0 to Atlanta.
Throughout Spring Training Garza (above) seemed to have struggled. He made 5 starts posting a 1-3 record and a hefty 8.80 ERA. In those 15 and 1/3 innings he gave up 29 hits, 22 runs (15 were earned), a home run, 7 walks and 11 strikeouts. Garza's mantra was "when the bell rings, I will be ready. When my name is called you better believe its go time."
Well the bell rang at 12:12pm Wednesday, and ready he was, Garza retired the first 11 batters before giving up a walk to Freddie Freeman. Matt then promptly retired the next nine before giving up a solo home run to Chris Johnson with 2 out in the 7th on his 78 pitch of the game. Here's Garza on the loss:
On the other side of the coin Atlanta starter Aaron Harang was pitching a gem as well retiring 17 of the first 18 Brewer batters he faced. Both pitchers had "no-hitters" through 6. Logan Schafer who got the start Wednesday broke up the Braves no-no with a 4 hopper up the middle on Harang's 87th pitch of the game.
Needless to say manager Ron Roenicke was not happy with the Brewers offense in this opening series against a depleted Brave pitching staff:
The Brewers hit the road for Boston and Philadelphia, and will be back in town on April 11th to take on the Pirates hopefully with a .500 or better record in tow.
(photo courtesy of Jen Szczepanski)