Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's Finally Over

Everyone, band together. Take each other's hand and close your eyes. Take a deep breath, and exhale. It's over. It's finally over. The worst losing streak the Brewers have had in four years has come to an end, and it's about damn time. Honestly, I don't know how much longer I could have taken this mess, but thankfully it didn't come to that. It's over, and we now have a one-game winning streak. I guess we can hang our hat on that tonight.

Things didn't start out so well though, and it looked like we were headed to our tenth straight loss. When the Pirates came out swinging and scored three runs in the first inning off of Chris Narveson, it didn't look pretty. But we all know by know how Narveson operates, he gives up a handful of runs right away and then he's lights out for the rest of his shift. Tonight, he went six innings en route to his fourth win of the season, as Milwaukee would win 4-3. Credit also goes to Mustache Man John Axford who pitched two solid innings, and Carlos Villanuesavea (weak, I know) who both gave the bullpen a good name Thursday night.

Offensively, the big news coming in was that Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun were switching spots in the lineup, with Braun now batting cleanup. I've always thought that they were better suited with Prince as the three and Braun as the four, but when Ned Yost tried that two years ago, the two of them cried to Ned and make him switch it. Now, apparently two years wiser, Braun and Fielder actually went to Ken Macha to request the switch. Didn't really work in this game though, as they combined went 0-8. Good stuff.

The offense the Brewers did get came from a variety of sources, even if Braun and Fielder couldn't get into the mix. Corey Hart had an RBI triple, Gregg Zaun and Adam Stern had RBI groundouts, and George Kottaras had an RBI double. Kottaras had to come into the game after Gregg Zaun strained his shoulder, and Zaun has been sent to the DL. Prospect Jonathan Lucroy will be called up, a spot which would have possibly gone to Angel Salome, but Salome apparently didn't return to the Nashville Sounds after the birth of his child. Weird, but good luck to Lucroy.

Now that the losing streak is over, I don't have to spend the next two paragraphs talking about how this season is a disaster but how there are plenty of games left to turn it around. That's good. Hopefully though the Brewers can keep this up, and their next chance to do so will be against the Twins this weekend as interleague play opens up. Milwaukee will visit Target Field for the first time ever, with Dave Bush on the hill, start time at 7:10pm. Two game winning streak anyone?

POTG: Let's give to Axford. Somewhat for the stash he was sporting, but mainly because he was able to solidify the bullpen by going two innings without giving up any hits. Actually, mainly for the stache.

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