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When I watched the Cubs come back against the White Sox and then win with an Aramis Ramirez walk-off home-run, I knew today was not going to be a good day. That karma continued into the first inning of the Brewers/Orioles game tonight, as Baltimore jumped out to an early 4-0 lead against Jeff Suppan. Things were not looking good.
However, the Brewers still had nine innings in them, and they weren't about to go down easy. J.J. Hardy responded with a 2 run blast in the bottom half of the first. Baltimore answered with another two runs, but then Milwaukee came back with three in the next two innings. After a first inning that looked like a blowout was about to ensue, the Brewers were now within just one run.
It would be up to the bullpen to keep the Brewers in this game, as Jeff Suppan was only able to go 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs. Just before the game I was thinking about re-adding him to my fantasy squad, as he's been pitching well of late. Then, almost like clockwork, Jeff Suppan shows his true colors and gives us this kind of performance. I should say, I do think Suppan is a good pitcher, and he's been throwing well this year. I'm not quite sure he earns the $10 million per year salary, but he was a good free agent pick up last year. But you have to realize, every third or fourth game Suppan will implode like this, and I guess that's just part of the territory.
Mark DeFelice (2 1/3 innings), Carlos Villanueva (4 innings), and Mitch Stetter (1 inning) only gave up 2 runs, and kept the Brewers close as their offense struggled late in the ballgame. By the time it was the bottom of the 9th, the Brewers were down 3 runs, 8-5, and George Sherrill was about to take the mound.
Then Ryan Braun somehow kept one fair along the foul line for an infield hit. Then Prince Fielder walked. Corey Hart walked soon after. With no outs, the Brewers were in business.
Enter Bill Hall.
It's been a troubling season for the guy, who has found himself starting twice a week now, if that. He came in for Branyan in a big spot, and he could be the hero with a grand slam to win the game. Honestly, any sort of hit, or even a sac fly, would have been enough for me. Hall, like he always does, thought longball, and struck out. One out.
The Brewers were still in position for a comeback....... but then Gabe Kapler hit into an anti-climatic double play, and that was your ballgame. Nice to see the Brewers mount a comeback, and never quit in this one, but we're already at the point in the season where we can not afford to lose on days the Cubs win.
TBC's Player of the Game: Carlos Villanueva. He went four innings, kept the Crew in the game.
Friday, June 20, 2008
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