Sunday, May 9, 2010

Gerut Hits for Cycle

When Doug Melvin traded Tony Gwynn Jr. away for Jody Gerut, we as Brewers fans rejoiced because we actually got a return on the flop that was TGJ. In Gerut, we got a guy who Melvin has been salivating over for years, always trying to find a way to add him to his ballclub. But Gerut really hasn't done much in his time in Milwaukee, so far turning out to be nothing more than a fifth outfielder with occasional spot start potential.

But Gerut got the start on Saturday night against the Diamondbacks, after Ken Macha claims to have flipped a coin between him and Corey Hart to see who would start. Either way, he made the right call as Jody Gerut hit a home run, a single, followed by a triple and then in a double. In baseball, that's what we call hitting for the cycle, and Gerut became just the sixth Brewer in history to do so. He's the first member of the Crew to hit for the cycle since Chad Moeller in 2004. Pretty elite company if you ask me.

Gerut's cycle was just part of yet another offensive outburst delivered by the Milwaukee Brewers, as they routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 17-3. I love seeing the Brewers score this many times in so many different games, but their lack of consistency is what is holding them back from being an above .500 team right now. That being said, this team seems to be on the up and up rather than in a downward spiral, so I'm not too worried. Still, scoring this many runs in a few select games mean nothing if you can't bring that attack to the plate every night.

Other offensive highlights for Milwaukee include a 4-RBI performance from Ryan Braun, who also his hit 6th home run of the season. Braun is playing at an MVP like pace right now, and he's really settled in defensively as well. Casey McGehee and George Kottaras each chipped in with 2 RBI, and Randy Wolf had one as well. Not a bad night for Wolf on the mound, either, as he picked up his third win of the season.

After struggling against the Padres to start the West Coast trip, the Brewers have now won series against the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks. They'll go for the sweep later today, with first pitch set for 3:05pm, with Chris Narveson on the bump for the Crew. Mitch Stetter will also be in uniform for Milwaukee today, as LaTroy Hawkins has been placed on the Disabled List.

POTG: Jody Gerut.


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