Friday, March 6, 2009

Reserves Steal the Show as Brewers Score 17

Well, if you're a fan of the young Brewers prospects that will take over once guys like Rickie Weeks are finally cut, then today was your lucky day. In a 17-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians, the Brewers collected 18 hits which were mainly from the bats of the young guys. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain went 2-3 with 3 RBI, Brad Nelson went 2-2 with 3 RBI, Jonathan Lucroy had 2 runs while batting 2-3, and Mat Gamel hit a 3-run shot off of Tomo Ohka(!).

On the mound, Dave Bush didn't pitch especially well, but he was credited with the victory. One guy he didn't have to face was former Brewer prospect Matt LaPorta, who wasn't in action today. Here's the box score if you're thirsty for more, while Lorenzo Cain will get our Player of the Game.

I think the most important thing we should take away from this game is how well Brad Nelson has been playing, especially in the absence of Tony Gwynn Jr. I still think it's going to come down to Nelson vs. Duffy for that 4th outfielder spot, but perhaps Nelson's experience at first base could be his extra push. Either way, no matter who gets that spot it's going to be an interesting race, and one that will only make both of them better.

If one of those guys don't work out, it looks like the Brewers are looking for other options in the outfield. Also, the Eric Gagne experiment is pretty much already over. Thanks, anyways.

And now Bear, the site is all yours.

1 comments:

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It sounds like both Nelson & Duffy are making a strong argument for the 4th OF spot. You make a good point by about Nelson's IF experience being a potential plus for him. I know Duffy has some pop in his bat, but Nelson's offensive upside is just plain scary in a good way. I'd put my money on Nelson & have Duffy tucked away in Nashville as a solid secondary option.

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