Saturday, July 19, 2008

Fielder Pushes Crew Past Giants

As I stated after Friday's game, the Brewers offense looks like they took full advantage of the four days of rest, coming back refreshed and determined for a playoff push. The same holds true after Saturday's 8-5 win over the Giants.

It was the Prince Fielder home run into McCovey Cove that stole the show, but it was the entire offense that came alive on Saturday. Ryan Braun led the Brewers with three hits, Fielder and Hart each added two, and every starter including Ben Sheets was able to put the ball in play. That is, for of course, Bill Hall. The Brewers used smallball, the longball, and were the benefactors of a few throwing errors as they came from behind to beat the Giants for the 5th time in 5 tries this season.

Ben Sheets took the hill for the Brewers, but didn't bring the ace-caliber stuff he's been throwing the past few outings. Sheets left after five innings, giving up two earned runs (four total), and striking out three. He was aided not only by his well-rested offense, but also a well rested bullpen. Carlos Villanueva earned his 4th win of the year, David Riske his 10th hold, and Salomon Torres his 16th save.

On the trade front, it looked like the Brewers bullpen was in line for the addition of Huston Street, and I've read that some outlets even reported it as a done deal. However, that is not the case, as the Brewers seem to be taking advantage of playing in San Francisco. Haudricourt is reporting that the Brewers are likely to be trading for lefty Jack Taschner or 2B/0F Ray Durham, in a deal that could be finalized tomorrow. The Brewers would be giving up Darren Ford of Brevard County.

More on that if/when it happens.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Prince Fielder

(AP Photo/George Nikitin)


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