Sunday, May 31, 2009

Offense Returns as Crew Crush Reds

After not scoring more runs in a game since May 18th, the Brewers offense finally returned to form on Saturday night. The Crew powered their way to sixteen hits and nine runs, with six of those runs coming in the 5th inning. It was more than enough to counter a rocky start by Dave Bush, as the Brewers won 9-3 to stay atop the NL Central, and win another series.

The aforementioned Bush gave up a couple of home runs in the first inning to give the Reds a 3-0 lead, but Prince Fielder erased that deficit with one swing of the bat in the bottom half of the frame when he cashed in on a 3-run shot. The Reds would tack on a couple more runs in the next few innings, but it could have been worse. The Brewers were able to gun down a runner at home plate twice in this game, including the pictured stop of Chris Dickerson via Dave Bush. The Brewers were still trailing, but at least a comeback was manageable.

The comeback then did occur in the 5th, when the Brewers offense finally went off. Ryan Braun and Mike Cameron kicked off the inning with a pair of home runs, and then Bill Hall delivered with an RBI double. The funny thing about Hall's double was that Corey Hart barely beat out a throw at home plate, as the Brewers were able to do what the Reds failed to do twice (and when I saw barely beat a throw, I mean that he was definitely out).

Mike Rivera would then cash in on a ground rule double, and Counsell added an RBI as well to conclude the scoring for the evening.

As for Dave Bush, he only did go four innings, giving up five runs. Seth McClung came in for a solid three innings and gave up no runs off two hits, and he earned the win. He also was able to get an at-bat, although his hacks missed by a long shot. Luckily, he was able to advance to first after a passed ball on strike three, which was awesome, for lack of a better word. Mitch Stetter and Carlos Villanueva were able to keep the Reds at bay as well.

McClung is a fairly good candidate for Player of the Game, but on a night like this the award has to go to the offense. Prince Fielder will get the nod tonight, as he went 3-for-4 with those 3 RBI. Without the home run in the first, the Brewers may have never found their way back into this one, so a deserving honor for Prince.

Game three of the series takes place at 1:05 on Sunday afternoon. The matchup on the hill should be a good one at the plate as well as Yovani Gallardo takes on Micah Owings. Make sure to stop by The Bucky Channel during the game for our live blog with our friends from Sports Bubbler.


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