Thursday, May 14, 2009

Brewers Sweep Marlins, This is Getting Awesome

This is just some good stuff right now, Brewers fans. After a rocky start that had much of Wisconsin thinking Packers season already, the Brewers have stormed back while playing some of the best baseball in the league. At 21-14, the Brewers are currently in first place in the NL Central, and if they keep playing like this, they are going to be there for a long time.

The latest game in a series of awesome games was the Brewers 5-3 victory over the Marlins on Thursday afternoon, as they completed the series sweep. As with every game this series, the Marlins took the lead first, but then the Brewers would rally back and then secure the victory. 

Facing a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the 2nd, Bill Hall gave the Brewers their first lead of the game with a 2-run shot off Josh Johnson. Hall is one of the Brewers that are playing very well right now, and this seems like a much more focused version of Hall than what we saw a year ago. The Crew tacked on another run in the 3rd when J.J. Hardy scored on a throwing error, although the Marlins would come back to tie it at 3-3. At least until Prince Fielder had his next at-bat.

Fielder, like the Brewers, started very slowly but has rebounded and is just going on a tear. Prince Fielder gave the Brewers the lead for good with his 8th home run of the season in the 5th inning. Hardy then notched an RBI single an inning later, Bush pitched seven good innings (again), and then Trevor Time was automatic as usual, and the Crew won 5-3. Even though the game wasn't on TV - which is always a huge bummer - I can just tell by the Morry Gash picture above that this was one hell of a game.

Despite the Brewers dominating right now, they are still making some changes. Mike Rivera got the start at catcher today as he came back from the DL and went 2-for-3. Chris Duffy started for Corey Hart in right field, and actually improved his average to .125, so that's a plus. And I know I'm burying the lead with this one, but Mat Gamel was in fact called up and had a pinch hit appearance today, but struck out. 

Next up for the Crew is a three game set in St. Louis, followed by one in Houston and another in Minnesota. Normally, I look for the Crew to go 5-4 on road trips, but I'm feeling pretty good about them right now. Who's up for 6-3?

Player of the Game: Mat Gamel. Nah, but that'd be awesome. I'm gonna give it to Bush (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7 K).


Anonymous said...

"After a rocky start that had much of Wisconsin thinking about the Packers already" ...

Yeah right. Gimme a break. MOST Wisconsin sports fans aren't THAT fickle.

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