Friday, May 22, 2009

Crew Wins Yet Another Series

All good things must come to an end, that's something that's been true since the dawn of time. But Trevor Hoffman's 0.00 ERA with the Milwaukee Brewers isn't ready to come to a halt just yet, even though the Astros gave us a pretty good scare that it would on Thursday night. Hoffman worked out of a jam in the 9th, earned his 11th save this season, and helped the Brewers beat the Astros 4-3 en route to another series victory.

The Crew was able to manage 13 hits in this game, but couldn't muster too many runs off Roy Oswalt in the early goings. Jeff Suppan didn't pitch too terribly, allowing three runs in five innings, with all of the scoring come off of the longball. When Jeff Suppan misses his spots, he really misses his spots, and the Astros took advantage of that twice.

Down 3-0 in the 5th inning, the Crew finally found themselves on the scoreboard after Ryan Braun scored Jeff Suppan via a fielder's choice. Milwaukee scored again in the 7th inning, with a Prince Fielder 2-RBI single, and then a Corey Hart RBI single. That put Milwaukee up 4-3, and then the bullpen took care of things from there. McClung, Villanueva, Coffey, and Hoffman all kept Houston off the board, and the Brewers have now won 8 out of 9.

Player of the Game: After long consideration, we're going Corey Hart. Hart when 3-for-5 and had the game-winning RBI. Somehow, this is Hart's first Player of the Game award of the season.

I wanted the Brewers to go 6-3 on their current road trip, I figured that would be a best case scenario. But Milwaukee is 5-1 on this latest trek away from home, and will have a decent following behind them when they travel to Minnesota for the next three games. 

We only see the Twins six times every season, but that is six times too many for me. I usually hate all things Minnesota sports, much of which has to do with the fact that I lived in La Crosse for six years. Here's an article I wrote about the so-called rivalry about a year ago, although I don't know how much I agree with my own writing. While this series isn't really a rivalry, I do still hate the Twins.

The Brewers wanted another left-handed arm for the series, so they've called up R.J. Swindle from Nashville. To make room on the roster for Swindle, Hernan Irribarren has already been sent back down. Thanks for playing, Hernan, although I'm sure the Brewers will either activate him again or Catalanatto after they send Swindle back down. In addition, a move activated Gerut for Duffy should happen any time now.

The entire Twins series is a night series, as they take them on tonight at 7:10pm, tomorrow at 6:10pm, and then at 7:05pm on Sunday, with the series finale being broadcast on ESPN.


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