Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Make That an 8-1 Homestand

If you're a pessimist, you'll not that even though the Brewers have put together an 8-1 stretch, the Cubs have won nine straight as of Wednesday afternoon. But if you're like me, and even like the Brewers team for that matter, you'll worry about the standings another day, and enjoy this stretch for what it's worth. Because, quite franky, it's been awesome.

The Brewers added another notch to the win column Wednesday with a 10-1 beating of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the exclamation point to an impressive homestand, and a welcome sign that both the batting and pitching are coming together.

Gabe Kapler got things started when scoring Rickie Weeks on a double in the 1st, on route to a 4-5 day. The Brewers lead 1-0 until the third, when the Diamondbacks tied it up. That's when the bats for the Brewers started hitting everything. Braun, Fiedler, and Hart are the guys that are supposed to drive in runs on this team, and they all did with RBI singles in the 3rd. Kendall added to the scoreboard with a sac fly in the same inning.

The Brewers weren't done, however, as they put up another 5 runs in the 4th. Braun hit an RBI triple, but Corey Hart did him one better by hitting the first inside the park home run for the Brewers this season. Russell Branyan, who apparently doesn't mind splitting time with Hall (add that to the no-brainer department, well, for now anyway), hit a home run on the very next pitch.

As mentioned, the bats were on fire, but the pitching staff delivered another strong performance as well. Manny Parra has been pitching well as of late, and did so again today going 7 innings with 8 strikeouts. Julian Tavarez struck out the side in the 8th, and Villanueva struck out two more in the 9th.

The Brewers will now have a night to celebrate this victory, and this homestand, as they have a day off on Thursday. They'll then hit the road for 3 game sets in both Colorado and Houston.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: I'll let my brother explain this one, via a text message I got from him late in the game. "Player of the Game: tie everyone. I'm at the game, Hart's homer was awesome. For real though, Kapler for Player of the Game." Kapler it is.

(AP Photo/Ron Kuenstler)


Anonymous said...

my text message skills are lacking, but the best part of hart's homer was when the pa guy announced the home run distance: 204 feet.

Anonymous said...

don't forget that Kapler had a great catch in the top of the third saving at least 1 run. He's a stud and has a ring

Anonymous said...

yea that was huge. could have been two runs even and would have completely changed the game. the bench is awesome.

Anonymous said...

Hart's I.T.P. HR has instantly become one of my favorite Miller Park memories. Sometimes it pays to go to weekday games.

This team has been doing a great job of beating quality opponents. It looks like they're finally turning things around.

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