Sunday, July 4, 2010

Brewers Sending Three to Midsummer Classic

The Brewers are beginning to make a habit out of sending multiple players to the All-Star game, which is a lot better than being one of the teams who only send one guy because it's a league requirement (I'm looking at you, Evan Meek). This year's selections are Ryan Braun (starting for the third consecutive year), Corey Hart (making a return trip from his 2008 selection), and Yovani Gallardo (a first time nod). I can't say I have any complaints about these choices. They were all deserving of the honor, and really there was nobody on our club that should have been selected. Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks are having decent seasons, but not All-Star caliber seasons.

The Brewers entire offense looked like All-Stars on Saturday night as they waxed the Cardinals 12-5. Cardinals' starter Chris Carpenter looked about as bad as I've ever seen him as he gave up eight runs (seven earned) in just three innings of work, as the Brewers were just feasting on everything he put over the plate. Rickie Weeks started things off with yet another lead off home run in the first inning, and they just continued to add runs along the way. The man who did the most damage was former Cardinal Jim Edmonds, who went 4-for-6 with a home run, three runs, and three RBI. Edmonds earns our player of the game nod for the night.

With the big lead, Manny Parra was pitching quite well in the early stages until he let things unravel once again. Parra ended the night allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings, which is disappointing because of how well he did start the game. Todd Coffey, David Riske, and Chris Capuano did an admirable job keeping any more Cardinals from scoring though, and the Brewers earned the 12-5 victory.

On Sunday, however, things went more in the opposite direction. The Cardinals on this day got a brilliant performance out of their starting pitcher, Adam Wainwright, as he gave up just five hits across nine innings. The only run he allowed was a solo shot to Corey Hart, as the Brewers fell to the Cardinals 7-1, leaving St. Louis with a 2-2 series split.

The main concern here though is the status of All-Star pitcher Yovani Gallaro, as YoGa exited the game in the third inning after grabbing the left side of his body while looking like he was in discomfort. Gallardo was having a rough performance on the mound, but the apparent injury is the more pressing matter, as hopefully he's not injured too badly. If he is hurt, he'll probably miss his first All-Star appearance, but hopefully we didn't just lose our ace for an extended period of time.

POTG: Corey Hart


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