Wednesday, August 18, 2010

McGehee, Bush Carry Crew

In the first game of their two game set in St. Louis, the Brewers were able to score three runs in the third inning, and the pitching staff was able to hold the Cardinals to only two runs. The Crew have not had many games this season where the pitchers have held on to an early lead. Most the reasons behind that are the Brewers love to give up first inning runs. But Dave Bush pitched six good innings only giving up four hits, and had just one bad pitch. Pujols hit his 31st home run of the season against Bush, but other than that Bush had the Cards number.

Kameron Loe pitched a scoreless 7th inning, but for some reason Macha kept him out for another inning. Loe has been a little off lately so you would think with a scoreless inning you put someone else in there to give Loe some confidence. After a couple of hits off of Loe, Macha went with his closer Axford to keep the lead. He threw a wild pitch that scored a run, but then struck out Jay, walked Pujols, and got Holliday to ground out. It was huge to not have to face those three guys in the ninth inning, where Axford would pitch cleanly for the save.

As far as the Brewers bats, Casey McGehee has been hot of late, and he kept it going again Tuesday night. His two run bomb in the third inning was smoked to center field. Casey also finished with three of the Brewers seven total hits. Fielder was up in the third with the bases loaded, but he grounded into a double play. Not a shocker there as I have stated in the past Prince is not King when it comes to hitting with people in scoring position. Good thing Casey picked up his slack.

This wasn't a huge game for the Crew, but it is always nice to beat teams trying to make the playoffs if you're not currently one of those teams. With the Reds winning Wednesday night as well, the Cards are now two games out of first in the Central. I would much rather see the Reds win, since it would be a change of pace for this division. Crew are back at it Wednesday at 1:15 for a Central Division day game.

POTG: Casey McGehee 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI

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