It’s my fault. I was too excited to contain the information that I knew.
I was at work checking the score here and there on my phone. I knew the Brewers were up on the Phillies 5-0 thanks to another Ryan Braun HR and a Prince Fielder 3-run double. It wasn’t until the top of the 7th that I even noticed the hits column for Philadelphia.
It stood at zero.
Braun was up with one out and one on and I was being good. I put the phone away. I walked through nearly the entire store without seeing anyone that would care about the game. Then someone asked if I had worn my bridesmaid shoes during last night’s win.
And that’s when I blurted it out. Dave Bush was on the verge of a no-hitter. I immediately wanted to take it back. Of all the superstitions in the game, that’s one of the biggest. You don’t mention the no-hitter until it happens. And I blew it.
By the time I got back to my office, it was the bottom of the 8th. A Bill Hall solo homerun added a bit of insurance. Bush was still on the mound and there were still no Phillies hits to speak of. I put the phone away again, hoping it would stay that way. But I know myself all too well. I couldn’t leave it alone and had to look. Matt Stairs. Ohhhh, Matt Stairs.
It was so close, Dave Bush! I’ll allow you to keep the beard long if this is what you’re going to do from now on. In fact, your Spring Training push to break into the Top 10 Baseball Hotties has carried over to the season pretty well. Your fellow starters Manny Parra and Cole Hamels should really be watching their backs. Just don’t give up any grandslams and by the end of 2009, your spot will be solidified.
As for the rest of the team, way to back up your pitcher. Today’s Brewers were the Brewers that we fans have come to expect. Excellent offense and defense. It’s what you need to do when you know your pitcher is flirting with the first no-hitter for the Crew in 22 years and they most certainly did it. It was also the first series win of 2009 and the first series win in Philly for the Brewers in 3 years. Way to go, boys. Sorry I missed it.
Tomorrow the Brewers face the Astros. Yovani Gallardo (1-1, 4.58 ERA) goes up against Felipe Paulino (0-0, 0.00 ERA), whose 1 start in ’09 was a dandy. I don’t know much about Paulino, but 6 innings with 6 strikeouts and no ERs is pretty good. Well, compared to Brewers standards, anyway.
The Crew needs to ride this momentum from the last 2 games all the way back to the homestand. Mainly because I have 3 games lined up next week, but also because it’s about time they start to heat up and they could certainly use the wins.