Saturday, June 4, 2011

Who Needs Practice?

I think the phrase "_____ hit a ball that is still traveling!" or something to that extent is a tad overused, but it has to apply in this case. Ryan Braun absolutely murdered a ball in the top of the 9th inning against the Florida Marlins on Friday night, which you wouldn't have expected at the beginning of the game as Braun was not in the starting lineup due to an ailing shoulder. But when called upon, Braun answered with his first career pinch hit home run in the form of a two run blast that gave the Brewers the 6-5 lead and eventually the victory. The most amazing thing about it to me, is that before his at-bat he hadn't took a swing all day. No batting cage, no warmup, nothing. He just sat that and took a ball from Leo Nunez and crushed it in front of 15,315 at Sun Life Stadium.

Actually, there was no way there were more than 15,000 people there, but that was the official report. Davey Nelson said on TV it was more like 6,000, but I have to think the number of people that witnessed a rare Brewers come from behind road win was less than that.

While they did come from behind, they actually lost a decent lead in a game that was looking very similar to the one they just lost to the Reds on Wednesday. The Brewers got a 2-run blast from Prince Fielder in the first inning and then RBI from Casey McGehee and Mark Kotsay in the third to take a 4-1 lead. But a tough fourth inning for Randy Wolf saw the Marlins tie the game at four, and then Florida eventually took the one run lead in the sixth. Things looked bleak from that point on as the Brewers couldn't seem to muster anything else up at the plate.

But sometimes, it's nice to have your all-star slugger on the bench.

POTG: Ryan Braun, of course.

Who needs practice?
Not Ryan Braun, that's for sure.
One swing. Game winner.


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