Thursday, April 22, 2010

Brewers Win..... By Twenty

I don't even know where to begin with this game. I really don't. I guess if I had to sum up the Brewers 20-0 nothing victory against the Pirates on Thursday with one moment, it would be the following: With the Brewers up 19-0, the Pirates fans that for some reason were still in attendance decided to change their tune. No longer where they Pirates fans, but they were fans of seeing twenty runs scored in a game. But when Ken Macha sent Manny Parra up to the mound to bat, those left at PNC Park did nothing but boo and yell "put in a pinch hitter!" Parra though, perhaps encouraged by the Pittsburgh faithful, hit an RBI single to give the Brewers a 20-0 lead, much to the delight of those in attendance.

It was just that surreal of a game Thursday afternoon, as everything went the Brewers way, and really that was the case for the entire series in which they outscored Pittsburgh 36-1. Thursday's performance helped the Brewers set a few franchise records as well, including most consecutive games with an 8-0 lead (four), largest margin of victory in a shutout (breaking the previous record of 18), and largest margin of victory (tied the record with twenty). It only took one run to win the game, but the Brewers put up twenty, and they're now 8-7 on the young season, winners of four straight.

As for the statistical highlights, where do I begin? Let's roll through some numbers. Rickie Weeks was 3-for-7 with four runs. Carlos Gomez was 2-for-5 with three runs. Ryan Braun hit a home run in consecutive days and finished with five RBI. Prince Fielder hit his first home run of the season and had three RBI. Casey McGehee only had one hit, but that extended his hitting streak to eleven games. Jim Edmonds went 4-for-6 with a home run, three RBI and two runs. Craig Counsell came in as a defensive replacement but went 2-for-3 with two RBI. George Kottaras even had a home run. That's a lot to take in, but that's what happens when you put up twenty runs.

As nice as the twenty runs were, it definitely did overshadow yet another solid performance from the Brewers starting pitching staff. Thursday's star was Randy Wolf as he went six innings and allowing just six hits. He also struck out three batters, and yes, did some work at the plate too with two hits and two runs of his own. All of the players mentioned were worthy of our Player of the Game award, but it's too close too call. We're going to defer to FSN Wisconsin and go with their choice, Jim Edmonds.

What else can you really say about this team right now? Sure, it was the Pittsburgh Pirates, not the best team in the league, but you can't argue against the fact that the Brewers are clicking right now. Clicking both offensively and defensively, with the pitching staff being overshadowed by how hot the bats have been. Granted, not every game is going to be as easy as 20-0, but let's enjoy this one while we can, and then get ready for a three game set at home against the Cubbies.

Happy Earth Day, Pittsburgh.


Winks said...

Apparently too, this is the first 20-0 game since 1889. Can that be right?

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