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.
I know the Brewers did just win 2 games ago, but it really seems like a crazy-long time since Sunday.
JJ Hardy hit another homerun to put the Brewers on top after Braden Looper and Joe Blanton battled it out for a few scoreless frames. Looper got his second win after a handful of relievers held the Phillies at zero and Todd Coffey came in for the save. Granted, Coffey did give up his first run in a Brewers uniform, but it was still a nice outing. As much as we fans all want it, he can’t be perfect all the time!
Last night’s rain-delayed loss was definitely avenged tonight. Despite the on-and-off rain in Philadelphia again tonight, the Brewers managed to hold the opposition scoreless for 8 2/3 innings. And that little shake-up to the line-up had Hardy and Mike Cameron able to produce, just as Ken Macha had hoped.
And I didn’t really want to talk about last night’s 11-4 debacle, but I do have to mention Ryan Braun’s insanely awesome game. All 4 RBIs belonged to him and he went 5-5, including 2 homeruns and 3 infield hits. I love him.
Tomorrow’s game pits near Top 10 Hottie Dave Bush (0-0, 5.40 ERA) against Top 10 Hottie Cole Hamels (0-1, 11.17 ERA). Last time Bush saw the mound was Friday night against the Mets. His first inning was horrific, putting him briefly on my other list, but then he settled down nicely. Hopefully Milwaukee’s offense can take advantage of Hamel’s struggles so far this season and add to his ERA, while backing up what I can only hope will be a quality start for Bush.
Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies, 2B
What can I say about Chase Utley other than YUM!
Here’s a guy who’s got it all going on. He’s goooooorgeous. He’s a baseball player. He’s, um, well, I guess that’s all I need to make my knees buckle. And I suppose it helps that he’s an animal lover and has a World Series ring. (It does NOT help that his wife is so unbelievably pretty. Boo!)
I’m normally a channel flipper, in that I absolutely cannot watch commercials, but now that Chase is peddling that EAS drink, I find myself ogling. I’m getting help. It should be under control soon.
On top of being insanely amazing to look at, Chase is fun to watch on the field, too. The Phillies, over the last couple seasons, have become one of my favorite teams to follow. (Cole has already made the list, Jimmy with the honorable mention–but an overall great team to watch play. Hello? World Effing Champions!) Chase is another guy that is so intense on the field, but still looks like he’s having a blast every time he goes out there.
Utley has spent his entire career so far with the Phillies at, mostly, second base, although he’s stepped in at first from time to time. He’s a career .298 hitter and last season belted 33 HRs and had 41 doubles and 13 stolen bases. Chase has a couple Division Series under his belt, as well as the obvious NLCS and the illustrious World Series. Not bad. Not bad at all.
I am very much looking forward to this season’s Brewers-Phillies match-ups, particularly the final Miller Park homestand. I try to make it to the final homegame every season and the fact that it’s against the Phillies this year is just a perk. Although, I hope it turns out much better than the last time the Phillies were in town. I didn’t especially like them celebrating their entry to the World Series at my ballpark!
But before I get all upset over that, here’s the picture of the Runner-Up Baseball Hottie, Chase Utley!
I don’t care that it’s staged dirt. So hot.
Could this be any cuter? I love him. And the puppy.