Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wolf, Long Balls Help Crew Win

Randy Wolf, where has this been all season? It wasn't his best stuff, but he did give the Crew six and a third solid innings of pitching on Thursday night against the Cardinals. Walks have been killing Wolf this season, as has his tendency to give up the long ball. He had one of each in this game, but the long ball he gave up was only a solo shot. It was a much better performance from Wolf which helped propel the Brewers to a victory.

Speaking of the longball, it was something the Brewers found themselves quite capable of this evening. Casey McGehee started the assault in the top of the second, and then George Kottaras hit a two run bomb in the fifth inning, which gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead. After breezing through the first six innings Wolf took the mound in the seventh. He faced Pujols led off the inning with a solo homer, and then Wolf walked Holliday. Nick Stavinoha then hit a single to make it look like Wolf was going to fall apart. Well that wasn't the case this time. He would strike out Rasmus, before Kameron Loe came in and got a double play ball. To cap things off, Prince Fielder would seal the game with a bomb in the eight inning.

Blake Hawksworth started for the Cardinals on Thursday, and looked sharp striking out a career high seven people. He really only made a few bad pitches that really hurt him. McGehee's home run was on a 0-2 count, which any pitcher will tell you is not good. Kottaras' bomb came on the first pitch, so good stuff by him to know that Hawksworth was feeling it to jump on an early pitch.

This was a much needed win by the Brewers as they start this huge four game series with the Cardinals. If they want to get back into this thing they are going to have to start winning series, especially the ones against division foes like the Reds and the Cards. As we touched on yesterday though, the Brewers will not get to see Jeff Suppan this series. I really wanted to see him against the Brewers, even if the skeptic in me feels he would own us. If the Brewers were to go off for like 10 runs on him it would make up for a little of what he did to this pitching staff, at least in my mind.

I think on the whole, we're going to have to give Kameron Loe the Brewers player of the game. He came in with runners at the corners and only one out, but was still able to get out of the inning. He also got Pujols out with two men on in the eighth. That made the save for Axford easier, because he wouldn't have to face Pujols. Axford is now nine for nine on save attempts this season. I know Hoffman really wants to get 600, and I think the Brewers want him to get it too. But if Axford is going to keep throwing like he is you can't take the guy off the mound.

The Crew will be back to work Friday night at 7:15 central time. They are only 8.5 games out, so if they can make a little run this weekend things might be looking good again in Milwaukee.


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