Sunday, July 20, 2008

Crew Completes Season Sweep of Giants

Coming into the season, I was sure of the fact the San Francisco Giants were the worst team in baseball. Turns out there are actually teams that are playing at a lower level (Padres, Nationals, and Mariners), but I wasn't too far off in my assumption. That's why when the Brewers opened their home season against the Giants earlier this year, I was expecting nothing short of a sweep. Sweep the Giants they did, and I was expecting the same reason here.

The Brewers pulled through, going 6-0 versus the Giants on the season.

The Brewers needed to stay hot especially because of our counterparts in the NL Central. It was great news to see the Cubs drop 2 of 3 to Houston, but St. Louis keeps on winning, and despite how many people think we'll make the playoffs we're still 3rd in our own division (This is a good time to mention how frustration it is that the NL West crown is currently being shared by the D'Backs and the Dodgers, both with a 48-50 record).

It was Manny Parra on the bump today for the Brewers, and he pitched 7 2/3, giving up two runs and striking out nine. Earlier this year I critized Bill Schroeder for calling Manny Parra "a future ace", but that's exactly how he's been throwing as of late. Not too mention the man had a nice RBI single today, too.

Where Parra excelled on the mound, Ryan Braun excelled at the plate. Braun went 2-5 with a home run, and bringing home 5 runners, which ties a career high. Corey Hart also homered, as the Brewers improved to 55-43 on the season.

Lastly, a fun fact I did not realize. This was the Brewers first three game road series sweep in four years.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: This was probably one of the closest battles for the award all season, but the RBI single tilts it in the favor of Manny Parra.

(AP Photo/Dino Vournas)


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