Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sweep Not Within Brewers Reach

Going for their first opening series sweep on the road since 1986, the Brewers were unable to take a third game from the Cubs today as they lost in Chicago 6-3. Early on, it seemed like the Brewers would have no problem starting the season 3-0, but some defensive mistakes allowed the Cubs comeback and earn their first victory of the young season.

A Prince Fielder sacrific fly ended up scoring two runs in the first inning for Milwaukee, but then it was all Cubs from there. Defensive miscues on back to back plays from both Ryan Braun and Bill Hall were enough for the Cubs to be able to tie the ballgame in the 2nd inning. Interesting, yes, that the players that switched positions both made mistakes on back to back plays, but I'm still more comfortable with Braun in left and Hall at 3rd than I am with Braun at 3rd and Hall in center.

The Cubs didn't stop there, putting up six runs on starting pitcher Dave Bush, who lasted 5 1/3 innings. Seth McClung and Derrick Turnbow saw their first action of the season in relief, each allowing zero runs. Also in this one, Tony Gwynn Jr. left with hamstring soreness.

Today was the first game I didn't have the opportunity of watching, so my analysis is a little shorter than usual. I'd love to watch the FSN Wisconsin "instant classic" primetime replay, but my DISH network gives me FSN North instead (Tennis is on right now, yikes). I did get the chance to listen to some of the game on the radio, and let me tell you, you can tell by Bob Uecker's voice if they are winning or losing, I swear. Try it one day, it won't fail.

So the Brewers lose for the first time this season, and will have the chance to redeem themselves in their home opener tomorrow against the San Francisco Giants, at 1:05pm.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Prince Fielder


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