Monday, July 7, 2008

Comeback Effort Falls Short

Somedays it's just not meant to be. It just sucks when a victory is really, really close. The Brewers fell behind 4-0 against the Rockies Monday night, but their comeback attempt was thwarted as they lost to Colorado 4-3.

McClung pitched decent for awhile, but then became a victim of the base on balls rule in baseball. He only lasted 4 2/3 innings, walking 5. Carlos Villanueva came in relief, and was keeping the game close until a Branyan error at 3rd lead to the Rockies third run. A Matt Holiday homer seemed to put the game closer to out of reach for the Crew.

But in front of CC Sabathia for the first time, the Brewers wanted to do something to impress their new teammate. An error put Kapler on to lead off the 8th, and then Craig Counsell got on base via the worst kind of hit possible in baseball, a pop that falls in front of home plate. A Hardy walk then loaded the bases.

The Brewers are good at diffusing these kind of rallies by drawing the double play, but tonight the reverse happen. Braun's shot went off the mound, and right into the hands of Colorado and they turned the touble play. One run scored, Brewers down 4-1.

Then Prince Fielder hit a 2-run shot, and the Crew were in business.

During a year full of comebacks, did the Brewers have a little more magic up their sleeves? Could they rally in front of the Miller Park faithful and their new friend CC Sabathia? In short, no. Manuel Corpas and Brian Fuentes were able to hold the Brewers at bay and give the Rockies the victory. If there is any good news, Sabathia was so in-depth in a conversation with Sheets, he probably didn't notice.

So on the day of the big Sabathia trade, the Brewers are unable to come away with a victory and lose 1/2 game on the Cubs and Cardinals. But not to worry, this is a brand new team, and Sabathia will have plenty of chances to make an impact tomorrow.

Still can't believe I'm saying these, but he'll get the start tomorrow for Milwaukee.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Prince Fielder

(AP Photo/Jeff Hanisch)

Oh and by the way, Richard Jefferson was introduced by the Bucks today!


TZar said...

I can honestly say that besides the loss last night, yesterday was the best I've felt about the Brewers since September 9, 1992 (Yount 3,000th)

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