Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Even Kendall Hit a Home Run

If everyone else was going to hit a home run, Jason Kendall thought he might as well join the party. Kendall hit his first home run of the year Tuesday night as the Brewers went on to beat the Astros 10-6. Granted, Minute Maid Park in Houston is known for being a hitters park, but it's not everyday you see eight home runs by seven different guys in one game.

Leading the charge for the Brewers was Corey Hart, who hit his first homer in the 4th, and then added the insurance 2 run shot in the 8th. He was joined by Russell Branyan and Mike Cameron, who hit back to back home runs in the 4th inning. Houston was in on the home run party as well, getting blasts from Carlos Lee, Miguel Tejada, and Ty Wiggington.

The key inning for the Brewers was that 4th inning, as they scored 4 runs. Just a half an inning beforehand, the Astros had taken a 3-1 lead and it looked like the Brewers road woes were likely to continue. But the home runs started flying out of the park, and the Brewers were able to hold the lead for the rest of the game.

On the mound, Parra gave up 5 in 5 1/3, pitching decently until he wore down in the 6th. Villanueva gave up a rare run out of the bullpen, but settled down. Mota pitched the 8th and 9th and was able to keep the Astros at bay.

The lineup was very similar to yesterday, only today Craig Counsell got the start at 2nd, rather than Bill Hall. Hall did come in the game for a dinged up Hardy, but Counsell was switched to short while Hall went to 2nd. If you have Bill Hall on your fantasy team, you gotta like the prospect of him getting 2nd base eligibility soon. That is, of course, if Bill Hall ever wins his starting job back.

The Brewers do win 10-6, but the good news doesn't stop there. I'm never one to actively root for other guys to get hurt, but I won't complain if Alfonso Soriano has to sit out 6 weeks with a broken hand.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Corey Hart

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Chad said...

Awesome headline dude.

Anonymous said...

Losing Soriano will bring the Cubs back down to Earth a little. Now if they lost Zambrano for the season due to a headfirst slide at first by Gabe Kapler at Miller Park, then maybe they'd feel our pain. Call it an advanced, somewhat inexplicable form of karma.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was funny how outraged Astros fans got with all those calls. Keep crying, losers. The Brewers had to deal with a liberal inside corner vs. Oswalt all through Tuesday night's game, so whatever.

If anything, Houston fans should be outraged with Carlos Lee's obese,plodding contract. While El Caballo is investing that money into his Panamanian cattle ranch (for real), Houston fans are watching their patchy rotation get lit up virtually every night.

Oh yeah, & their stadium looks freaking ridiculous. I'm almost positive at least ONE McDonalds in the greater Houston area with a PlayPlace.

Anonymous said...

Their stadium is ridiculous. I've heard Winks complain about before, but I must say that the hill in centerfield is worse than having a league in which half of the teams have an extra offensive player every game and the other half doesn't. It's as stupid and dangerous as parks where the bullpen is still part of the field.

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