Friday, June 11, 2010

Power Delivers Crew over Rangers

I have to admit, now that I'm caught up in World Cup fever I may be putting the Brewers on the backburner a little bit. Not entirely, but the Cup only happens once every four years so if there was ever conflict between the two I would probably spend the afternoon watching soccer. I'm likely to catch some heat from that, I'm sure, but it's not like it's been an entirely enjoyable Brewers season so far.

As I say that though, the Brewers have once again put together a nice little winning streak together, victorious in four of their last five games. Their latest victory came at the hands of the Texas Rangers, as Milwaukee knocked off their visiting American League opponents 6-2 on Friday. American League teams are typically more known for their power than National League teams are, but it was the Brewers that brought out the long ball on Friday night.

Ryan Braun, Casey McGehee, Corey Hart, and Prince Fielder all hit jacks in this one, with the most impressive being Braun's which hit the still-up-there-for-no-reason Trevor Hoffman saves banner. Home runs were actually the only way that the Brewers scored in this contest, and I have no problem with that if the end result is a victory.

The Player of the Game for me though was someone who actually did nothing with his bat, as I'm giving the nod to Chris Narveson. Narveson has been known for pitching pretty well, but only after giving up a handful of runs in the first inning. Not in this game though. Narveson set the tone early by striking out the side in the first inning, and ended up giving up just two runs over seven innings. Also, let's give a special nod to Kameron Loe, who has really been surprising with how well he has been pitching. So far since he's been called up, Loe is rocking with a 0.96 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

See? I'm still going to follow this team intently, even with the Cup going on, and I think the goal should be that this team gets back to .500 before the end of the World Cup, which is July 11th. That's also around the time of the All-Star Game. Realistically, do we think the Brewers can get back into contention by the break? If they put it all together like they have been this week, well we might have a shot just yet.


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