Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Milwaukee Gets To .500.

Its like riding a bike. That refers to me, writing recaps after a very long absence, and to the Brewers and finding their homerun stroke, who after tonight took over the homerun lead in the NL with 28 dingers. The surprising Pirates trotted out Paul Maholm, who has looked fantastic this year. He would look solid until giving up 2 runs to the heart of Milwaukee's order in the 5th inning, and then setting the table in the 6th which when reliever Jesse Chavez came in, was promptly cleared by Rickie Weeks' 5th homerun and second game leading homerun in consecutive days. Hell's Bells would ring out as Trevor Hoffman would pick up his first save as a Milwaukee Brewer in a 6-5 win.

Dave Bush didn't have his best stuff tonight, but he was serviceable as he struck out 5, going 5 innings and allowing 5 runs, 4 of which were earned. The bullpen looked very tough tonight as it trotted out Julio, Stetter, Coffey, and Hoffman to record only one hit and 3 k's in 4 scoreless innings.

On the offensive side, Weeks, Hart, Braun, and Hall all recorded 2 hits. Weeks and Hall both hit homeruns, in the 6th inning, which ended up being the key three runs that put the Crew ahead. Corey Hart reached base 5 times tonight, 2 via hits and 3 walks to boot. Gotta give the TBC player of the game to Rickie Weeks for his game changing homer.

It's great to see the offense come alive like they have. I currently feel like they are in every game, which makes every game watchable. At one point the Brewers were down 5-1 and I still felt like the Crew was going to win. Hall, Cameron, and even Rickie Weeks right now are finding their stroke, which is great since Prince and J.J. Hardy have yet to hit their strides. Ryan Braun has now raised his average to .351 with his 2-4 performance, its great to see him patient this year with him already having walked 1/3 the amount of times he did last year giving him 14.

I just saw Halley's Comet.......

An injury note, backup catcher Mike Rivera seemed to roll his ankle in the top of the 5th inning, he would finish the top half but would be removed in the bottom of the 5th.

The Brewers play at noon tomorrow with Yovani Gallardo and Ian Snell facing off. The 10-10 Brewers have now beaten the Pirates 14 straight times, the longest active streak, and 17 straight times at Miller Park....and I thought we had it bad at PNC a couple years ago.

(AP Photo by Jim Prisching)


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