Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bumgarner Breezes Against Crew

Madison Bumgarner is the real deal. He's no Stephen Strasburg by any means, but this kid in going to be a star in this league for a long time, and he showed just why that is on Tuesday night against Milwaukee. As the rumors of a Brewers/Giants deal continue to be rampant (I'm not a sucker for rumors, because they never seem to happen), Bumgarner showed that if he were to come to Milwaukee that he would be very comfortable in Miller Park.

Bumgarner was the star of this game, going eight innings and allowing just three hits and zero runs. He was a key reason that Corey Hart's hitting streak came to an end, and the reason why the Giants earned themselves the 6-1 victory. The Brewers run came in the 9th inning, when somebody hit the ball to score a guy and really at this point does it matter, they got their asses kicked.

The big moment in this game though came when Bumgarner was on the bench, as it was a crucial throwing error by Craig Counsell in the sixth inning which allowed the Giants to put up a five spot in that frame. It's a shame too, because Randy Wolf had been pitching a decent game up until then, and it's also shame because the whole reason why Counsell was starting was to give Alcides Escobar a night off after all of his struggles with errors. It was kind of one of those things for the Brewers, where no matter what they tried to do, the result would be inevitable. The Giants were going to beat them, and our shortstop was going to make a crucial error. Second verse, same as the first.

This really was a big series coming in for Milwaukee, and even though the second half of play is getting underway it's clear to see that this season is falling by the wayside. The Brewers just don't have the talent, or even the luck, to pull off a comeback, and it's not going to be long before the pieces start to move. I think you'll see guys like Dave Bush, Jim Edmonds, and hell maybe even Trevor Hoffman get moved before Prince and Hart go, because this team is not in a rebuilding stage, but rather a reloading stage. Still, it's disappointing that we're still in a consistent state of struggle since we made the playoffs two seasons ago, and what's more disappointing is that I don't see things changing any time soon. In other Brewers news:

* The Brewers tried to hold off on sending Yovani Gallardo to the disabled list, but it was something that had to be done due to his left oblique strain. It's shame for Gallardo who was injured literally three hours after he was named to the All-Star game, and thus will be forced to miss his first appearance at the midsummer classic. Quite a shame, really.

* Corey Hart will be in Anaheim of course, and we'll get the chance to see him on Monday night as he's been chosen to partake in the Home Run Derby. He'll be up against Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, David Ortiz, Vernon Wells, and Matt Holiday, with two guys yet to be named. Prince Fielder won the contest last season, so the Brewers will be looking for back to back winners.

* Anthony Witrado says that Corey Hart might get traded to the San Francisco Giants. His source? Bleacher Report. Ughh....

POTG: Joe Inglett - he got the RBI, and why not him? He's been solid at pinch hitting all season, let's give him an honor.

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