Sunday, May 18, 2008

Swept by the Sox

"I almost felt like this series, we didn't expect to win," Ryan Braun said after the Brewers 11-7 loss to the Red Sox. "We were competing. I know everybody tried hard. But it's not about trying hard. You've got to expect to win. I almost feel like we never really expected to win any of these games. I just kind of had that feeling."

No question about it, Ryan Braun has definitely become the leader of this Brewers team after signing his 8 year, $45 million contract earlier this week. Not only is he consistently belted two home runs per game (did it again today), but he's now become outspoken about the team's current state of affairs. I don't think he's wrong for doing so, and I can't argue with what he said.

The Red Sox completed the three game sweep today in a slugfest. Pedroia and Youkilis each hit home runs, along with two from David Ortiz. The Brewers tried to keep pace, adding home runs from Fielder, Hardy, and the aforementioned two from Ryan Braun. While they had the power, the Brewers were for the most part playing catchup, and could never quite hang on to the lead.

As you can probably tell, it was another rough outing for the pitching staff today. Carlos Villanueva gave up 6 runs, 5 earned in just four innings. Mike DeFelice made his major league debut after that, giving up three runs in one inning. Shouse, Torres, and Zach Jackson all made an appearance.

"By no means is it time to panic. We just have to find a way to start playing better consistently in all facets of the game."

Couldn't have said it better myself, Ryan.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Ryan Braun is running away with this thing.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


Anonymous said...

This team has got to dig deep within them selfs and not allow the season to continue like this. Im glad Braun is saying that, hopefully he will tell his teammates face to face as well. He is leading by example on the field hopefully with some verbal encouragement off the field the others will follow. The old saying is "Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog." This team has got to fight back or this season is lost.

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