Sunday, April 26, 2009

Astros Deny Brewers the Series Sweep

At the beginning of the road trip, all I wanted was for the Brewers to go 5-4 and get to within two games under .500. And while that did happen, it would have been nice to see the Brewers finish the sweep of the Astros on Sunday. Even though Houston edged Milwaukee 3-2 to salvage the series, I'm not all that disappointed. It was a winning road trip, and the Brewers are back on track as they try to mount another run to the postseason.

The story of this game for Milwaukee has to be the two errors they committed in the game, one by Rickie Weeks (his fourth of the season) and one by Jason Kendall (his third). In a one run game, you always look at the one play that could have gone the other way, and in this game, there were two of them. 

Manny Parra pitched decent enough in the outing, giving up three runs although just one of those was earned. He lasted five innings, giving up just five hits and striking out four. McClung, DiFelice, and Stetter kept the Astros at bay for the rest of the game, but the three runs were already too many for the Brewers to come back from. Not pitching in the game was Trevor Hoffman, who was activated Sunday from the DL. R.J. Swindle was sent back to Nashville in order to make room for Hoffman.

The bright spots today were that Jason Kendall actually had two hits in a game for once, improving his batting average to .184. Ha. Mike Cameron had two hits as well, both of them doubles. He gets The Bucky Channel Player of the Game for his efforts. Struggling for the Crew was Brad Nelson, who got the start in right field, but went 0-for-4. He remains hitless on the season.

Next up is a three game series versus the Pirates back at Miller Park. I think this is a series the Crew could easily sweep, but we gotta at least win two out of three here.


Anonymous said...

Let's not overlook the Pirates ... they look a bit pluckier than last season.

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