Thursday, May 6, 2010

COOOOOOOKIIIEEEEE!

The title of this post was going to be "Davis Finally Gets First Win", but I couldn't resist how hungry Prince looked as he was beating out a throw to first in Wednesday night's 11-3 win over the Dodgers. I guess we are going to have to assume that the Brewers are going to be like a Katy Perry song all season (wink wink), fluctuating between playing well and playing like crap. First, there was their mid-April series against the Pirates when they scored 36 runs. Then, a series against the Cubs were they scored just four times. Follow that up with a series against the Pirates where 25 runs were scored, and then a series against the Padres where they only scored twice. Now, two games in to this series with the Dodgers, they've already scored 22 runs.

You'd like to see the Brewers space those runs out a bit, because assuredly if they did they've have a better record than 12-15 right now. But that doesn't seem to be in the team's DNA so far this season, so I guess we'll have to take the wins wherever we can get them. That was at least the strategy for Doug Davis on Wednesday, as Davis was still looking for his first win of the season. Davis had a chance at a victory earlier this year when the Brewers put up ten runs in the first inning against the Nationals, but Dougie couldn't last the necessary five innings and thus didn't factor into the decision. He also entered this game with an ERA approaching nine, so this was a big game for him, otherwise he was in jeopardy of becoming Suppaned.

Davis got some run support right away in the top of the first when the first four Brewers batters all singled to left. Add to that a wild pitch and an Alcides Escobar triple, and the Brewers had themselves a 4-0 lead before the Dodgers stepped up to the plate. Davis though wasn't content to let this one come easy, as he gave up two runs of his own in the first inning. Thankfully though, Davis settled down after that, got out of some jams, and ended up with a line of 5 1/3 IP, 7 hits, 3 earned runs, and four strikeouts. His ERA is still 8.13 and his WHIP is still 2.03, but he would be in line for the first win of the season, which is all we were really asking for.

The Brewers bullpen pitched well enough after that to keep the Dodgers at bay, as even Jeff Suppan pitched a scoreless frame. That didn't mean the Brewers weren't done scoring runs though, as RBI singles were the name of the game for the Crew. Via the small ball, Milwaukee added five runs in the 8th inning and another two were scored in the 9th. The Brewers won 11-3, and Davis got his first win of the season.

Because of that accomplishment, I'm tempted to give Davis the POTG for this one, but I just made up a new rule that you need to have an ERA under 8.00 to be qualified for the award. Thus, Rickie Weeks will be given the honor, as he went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Yes, his RBI came at the end of the game when the Brewers already had this one in hand, but he also did get the offense off on the right track by singling on the game's first pitch. Sorry Doug, something tells me though you'll understand.

The Brewers are back in action tonight as they look for the series sweep before heading to Arizona for the weekend. Dave Bush will be on the mound for the Brewers, with the game once against starting at 9:10 Wisconsin Standard Time.

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