Saturday, August 7, 2010

Prince With a Clutch Hit?

The king of the solo home run changed things up a bit and hit a walk off single Friday night at Miller Park. The Brewers got on the board first in this one when Alcides Escobar doubled in Lorenzo Cain, who was brought up for Gomez as he went on the 15 day DL. Gomez got smoked in the head by a pitch Tuesday in Chicago, and I think this is more of lets not rush him back type of move. He hasn't played much of late either, so why take the risk of letting him get hurt again, putting him on the DL was the right call.. I love the move the Brewers made by bringing Cain back up and starting him Friday night. Never hurts to change things up every once in awhile, and give another guy a chance.

It didn't take long for the Brewers to give up the 1-0 lead though, as Hunter Pence hit a two run double, and the "Oh crap, Houston owns us" thoughts were starting to creep in. Dave Bush had a good outing to keep things at bay though as he went six innings with only two earned runs. He did give up a lot of hits and walks but was able to keep the Crew in the game for a solid six innings. Wandy Rodrizuez on the other hand was stellar again against the Crew. Is anyone else shocked that we haven't tried to get this guy yet with all the success he has against the Brewers?

Going into the ninth inning things didn't look good for Milwaukee, and the game seemed to be all but over when Houston started the inning with back to back singles. With runners on first and third Brett Wallace hit into a double play, but plated a run to give Houston a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. After Escobar grounded out, George Kottaras was walked to give the Crew some hope. With the pitcher spot up, Joe Inglett would pinch hit, and he promptly hit a two run home run. Inglett's first home run since 2008 brough Milwaukee within one run. At this point you had to think this game is tied if we didn't just give up that run in the top half of the ninth. Still fighting though, Weeks would single and Hart would get walked to bring up Prince with a couple ducks on the pond.

Prince Fielder is batting an amazing .204 with runners in scoring position this season, so with two guys on all I could think was odds are this could be a double play, or a fly out to right. On this night things would not go the way I thought, but instead things would go well. Fielder roped one down the line where it hit the side padding and shot back into shallow right. Hart was at first base, and even though not too many people are going to try to score from first on a play like this Hart attempted it. It was a close play at the plat, and replays showed that Hart was indeed tagged before he touched safely, but the umpire gave him the benefit of the doubt and the Brewers won the game. With that the Brewers capped off a great comeback win, and gave the fans something to cheer about Friday night. With the 6-5 win maybe the Brewers can make something of this weekend series.

POTG: Joe Inglett

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