Thursday, April 8, 2010

Brewers Take Series Against Rockies

Last year in six tries, the Milwaukee Brewers were unable to beat the Colorado Rockies. This year, they've already beaten them twice. It wasn't easy, but the Brewers bench guys and role players came through and helped Milwaukee beat Colorado 5-4 on Wednesday. Of the two victories so far this season, this one impresses me far more, if only because of how the Brewers were able to bounce back after the implosion that was Doug Davis.

So far this season, our starting pitching has been nothing to admire. Throughout the Spring I was saying I was fairly confident in our first three starters, but it was the back end of the rotation that I was deathly worried about. But so far, the whole staff looks to be in shambles. Gallardo and Wolf pitched alright, but you might expect a little more out of those two. Meanwhile, Doug Davis just flat out struggled on Wednesday, only going four innings, giving up four runs off of six hits.

But while the starters have been struggling, the bullpen has been shining. Six different relievers pitched in Wednesday's game - Coffey, Narveson, Stetter, Villanueva, Hawkins, and Hoffman, and only Narveson gave up any hits. Todd Coffey got the win after two innings of work, and Trevor Hoffman picked up the 593rd save of his career. Good stuff coming out of the bullpen so far this season.

So as the bullpen was preventing more runs from being put on the scoreboard, the offense was trying to chip away to regain a lead. Escobar, Kottaras, and Weeks chipped in with RBI in the early parts of the game, and the Brewers were able to get the lead in the 6th inning. George Kottaras hit a sac fly to even the score, and Jody Gerut hit a pinch hit double to give the Crew the lead. From there, the bullpen held strong and this one was in the books, with the Brewers improving to 2-1 on the young season.

As for the Player of the Game, Kottaras is a worthy choice with 2 RBI, as is Jim Edmonds with a 2-for-4 performance that included two runs. But we're going to give it to our man Coffey, for pitching two solid innings, stopping any Rockies momentum, and picking up the win.

There was some distrubing news to come out of Wednesday, however, as Jeff Suppan was officially named the 5th starter for the Milwaukee Brewers. It's likely he'll be pitching on April 14th against the Cubs, which also means that someone will have to get demoted to the minor leagues. Villaneuva's name has come up because he still has some options available, but I'd like to see him stay up with the big league club. Of all the options to be sent down, I think Suppan is the best choice, so that's why I'm so upset with this move.

One move that I am happy about though is the contract extension of Yovani Gallardo, as he'll be a Brewer through 2014 with an option for the 2015 season. Great move, obviously, to lock him up and he'll be back in action this Saturday against the Cardinals. Before that though, the Brewers take on St. Louis Friday night at Miller Park with Dave Bush facing Kyle Lohse. First pitch set for 7:10pm.

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