It took longer than they hoped, but the Milwaukee Brewers are starting to see some positive results.
The Brewers look for their third straight victory in the finale of a four-game set against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at Miller Park.
After opening with four straight losses, including 2-1 to Atlanta on Monday, Milwaukee (2-4) has won two in a row to instill some confidence for a team expected to contend for a postseason spot.
“I’ve been feeling good the whole time,” he said. “Unfortunately in baseball, it doesn’t matter if you feel great or not. You can feel terrible and still get hits. That’s just how it is.
“(I’m) not letting results dictate how I’m going to approach it. Results aren’t in my control, but I can control my approach and control my attitude.”
While Fielder appears set to break out, the Brewers hope their bullpen has settled down.
The poor outing could be attributed to Marcum missing a late spring training start that set back his preparation.
“I think anytime you’re not truly stretched out to the point that going into the season you feel you’re ready, it’s going to affect a guy,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “It’s still a surprise. I’m used to him throwing strikes and throwing it where he wants to.”
The right-hander allowed four runs, five hits, walked two and hit a batter in 3 2-3 innings before a 55-minute rain delay ended his day in a 6-3 loss at Washington on Saturday.
“I’d just go through spurts where I’d make pitches, and then I wouldn’t make pitches,” Hanson said. “That’s not going to cut it.”
Hanson is 1-2 with a 3.81 ERA in four starts versus the Brewers. The victory came when he allowed four hits and struck out eight over eight scoreless innings of an 8-2 win on May 10 in Milwaukee.
“It was nice to see the bats starting to swing on our end,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “A short turnaround and right back at it (Thursday).”
Heyward, who has two homers and five RBIs, is batting .333 with five RBIs in five games at Miller Park.