I waited patiently (sort of) all weekend to finally catch a Brewers win over the Mets.
I tried everything I had up my sleeve: the shoes, the shotglass, changing Brewers apparel on more than one occasion during the games. Nothing seemed to be working.
Friday night, even with Ryan Braun’s 3-run homer, the Crew fell to within a run of the Mets and it was sad. Saturday was an even-keeled match-up with Yovani Gallardo and Johan Santana, but eventually Milwaukee gave up the only run scored the entire game and it was equally sad.
Then it was Jeff Suppan’s turn on the mound again on Sunday. I wasn’t holding out much hope. And seeing the newly black-haired Corey Hart and JJ Hardy made me feel like they were really reaching, looking for anything to get pumped. But, again, it was a pretty even game between Suppan and New York starter (and former Brewer) Nelson Figueroa. Suppan allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, but the Brewers shot back in the 3rd and tied it up. Thanfully for Suppan, Milwaukee had some outstanding defensive plays (obviouly not counting Hardy’s inexplicable inability to handle a ball yesterday) to keep Mets’ baserunners at bay and Mike Cameron slammed his 4th homerun for a bit of insurance.
But the hero of the day truely was Todd Coffey. You know the second that guy starts sprinting out of the bullpen that he’s ready to do what he’s got to do. Since coming to Milwaukee last September, he has yet to allow a run and yesterday was no different. He not only notched a 2 2/3 innings save, but he was also part of that awesome 1-2-3 double-play to end the game, Brewers 4, Mets 2.
Today was an off-day (boo!) but tomorrow the Crew starts a 3-game series in Philly, beginning with a lefty-on-righty match-up between Top 10 Hottie Manny Parra (0-2, 6.97ERA) and Joe Blanton (0-1, 9.00ERA). I’m hoping for some momentum from the Brewers.
And maybe a few more black-haired heads?