The Miller Park crowds and my immediate Facebook status said it all last night. (Do I dare get censored again?)
Have I seen blown calls in my day? Of course. We all have. Have I seen such a horrible game-changing blown call, with such blatant evidence as a mark in the dirt where the ball clearly landed in foul territory? Actually, I don’t think I have until last night.
After rallying for the lead in the 7th (again), the Diamondbacks had just tied the score at 2 in the top of the 8th and, with 2 outs, there were 2 men on base. Todd Coffey was on the mound to face PH Tony Clark and that’s when it happened. Initially, I couldn’t see where the ball landed on TV and judging by Ryan Braun’s slowed reaction in left field, I assumed it was foul. But apparently, I was stupid for assuming that, 2 runs had already scored and thousands of fans in Miller Park were loudly disagreeing with umpire Brian Gorman.
I maintain that, at best, the game should’ve been tied at 2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning, but Gorman maintains the ball was fair. There is no replay option for disputing fair or foul balls that are not homeruns, and I understand that baseball isn’t the type of game that should be instituting all sorts of technology like that. Baseball is a pretty pure sport that’s been around forever and shouldn’t really be messed with. And, with 162 games a year, how likely is it that that one blown call will determine a team’s fate? Probably not very likely at all.
Regardless, the game, up until basically that point, was a pitcher’s duel. Not my favorite kind of game to watch, but Manny Parra did his thing last night. And although he left the game on the hook for the loss (with only one ER), the little bit of offense the Brewers were able to kick up took that away the following inning. Both Parra and Diamondbacks pitcher John Garland had a hell of a game going. The game was never a run away for either team and it probably shouldn’t have become a 3-run game. But it did. There isn’t anything anyone can do about it now.
Tonight should be different. I’ll be there with the ladies, drinking Long Islands and taking lots of pictures, like we always do. We’re good luck charms, I think. The navy flipflops have been serving well lately (and the bridesmaid shoes helped the Crew in the 7th last night, but that’s all the luck they had in them, I guess.) and even though we will not be in the Club Level tonight, we’ll still be screaming as loud as we can. And maybe taunting Brian Gorman. Just a little.
It’s Braden Looper (2-3, 2.45 ERA) and resident Arizona scrub Dan Haren (2-3, 1.45 ERA) squaring up tonight. I’ve attended both of Looper’s wins, so that’s something on the Brewers’ side. I think Milwaukee will want to get some revenge tonight, and they most certainly deserve it, but they’re going to have to be careful. Haren’s been on-point lately. Either way, I think they can pull it off.
Sorry, Pittsburgh. Miller Park just isn’t getting any easier for you, I guess.
Last night’s win was just what the Brewers needed to keep their current momentum at full force. Bill Hall and Rickie Weeks added to their homerun counts and put the Crew on top of the Pirates in the bottom of the 7th and Milwaukee’s bullpen has never been so sharp in order to keep the lead. Trevor Hoffman notched his first save as a Brewer and the Pirates had fallen under the Miller Park spell a ******** 17 times in a row.
Well, actually, make that 18.
Yovani Gallardo, as I’ve said before, is quickly becoming the new young ace for the Brewers. He pitched 5 hitless innings today, before an Andy LaRoche double. After that, only one more Pirate hit was allowed and the lone run that scored the entire game was also at the hands of the 23 year old pitcher. Gallardo hit his 2nd homerun of the season in the 7th inning and literally one-upped Pittsburgh. Not only did he make it through the 8th only surrendering 2 hits and scored the only run of the ballgame, but Yovani also had a career high 11 strikeouts. Seriously. Watch out for this one.
Gallardo’s stellar outing also helped save a bullpen that had to send in 9 pitchers between Monday and Tuesday’s games. Carlos Villanueva pitched a perfect 9th inning today and notched his second save of the season. (It doesn’t make me any less nervous when he’s on the mound, though.)
So, Milwaukee has their first sweep of the season and is also sitting at .524–the first time the club is over .500 so far in ’09. Not only that, but they’re smack in the middle of a 3-way tie for second place in the NL Central with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. However, the Crew is riding a 3-game winning streak into their 4-game series with Arizona beginning tomorrow night at Miller Park. Buuuuuut, the Diamondbacks blanked the Cubs 10-0 earlier today, so I’m sure they’ve got quite a bit of their own momentum to contend with.
The match-up tomorrow is Jeff Suppan (1-2, 7.32 ERA) against Max Scherzer (0-2, 4.91 ERA). Suppan’s only win came 10 days ago, but his last outing in Houston he took a no decision in an eventual 11-inning, nail-biting win for the Crew.
Here’s to hoping Milwaukee’s on a roll and can come up with a monster of a winning-streak before heading out to PNC Park on Monday. I’m sure those Pirates will have revenge on the brain.
First, I want to thank all of you for graciously reading my blog and checking out the Top 10 Baseball Hotties. I did it mostly for the ladies, but hey, King of Cali, if you got a kick out if it, too, that’s super!
For the next 9 days, though, it’s back to the countdown to Opening Day at Miller Park!
I am already deciding on what to wear for each of the 3 games of Opening Weekend, have purchased 10 dozen strands of blue and gold beads to hand out while bartending at Leff’s Super-Awesome Tailgate Party (which is pretty much sold out!), am dusting off the ladder golf, am digging out the Brewers jersey bottle cozy and am just plain old getting pumped for the start of another insane season!
I was way happy to be able to catch 2 Brewers Spring Training games on local TV here these past couple days, too. Last night’s game didn’t start until 9pm local time, but I watched until I fell asleep. Ryan Braun was out after a flyball caught him on his right thumb (I know that feeling). The team revealed today it wasn’t broken, but he’s day to day just to be safe. Braden Looper started last night and was tagged for 2 ERs (both homers) in 4 innings, but the Brewers never had the lead and lost to the Padres 6-5.
Today’s game had a happier ending. Dave “Trim Your Beard” Bush (I love you, but it’s too much!) started against the Diamondbacks, and while he didn’t get the win, the Brewers managed to rally late with a 4-run 7th and held on to the lead until the end, only surrendering one more run to San Diego.
So, yeah. I’ve been content the last 2 days, but I cannot wait for the start of the 2009 season! My Brewers will be in San Francisco to take on the Giants, but not until Tuesday. So while many of you are reveling in baseball’s glory on Monday, I’ll be biting my nails, anxiously awaiting my official season to start!
But until next Friday, here’s today’s pictures to get back to the countdown to the Home Opener. I hate to be getting into superstitions before ’09 has even started, but the girls and I bought our Racing Sausages shotglasses at Ryan’s grandslam game and they’ve been lucky ever since. But only when all 3 are being used simultaneously. We’ve tried just 2, or, in desperate cases, only 1, and it just doesn’t have the same effect.
Nik and Brett Wurst, Mol and Stosh and me and Chorizo. Five innings later, grandslam!
Brett, Chorizo and Stosh. Yes, we took the shotglasses to Leff’s, where they were more than happy to fill them for us. The Brewers went on to beat the Cubs that night and were one game away from the Wildcard. Awesome.
I’ve been going over the Brewers schedule for this season, circling all the games I’ll be attending and I’m just getting so antsy!
There are only 25 days (25 days!) until the Brewers host the Cubs for the first time in ’09 and I’m finding it hard to believe that I’ve already got as many games lined up as I do.
Here’s what my schedule looks like for the season so far:
April 10 v. Cubs
April 11 v. Cubs
April 12 v. Cubs
April 15 v. Reds
April 27 v. Pirates
May 2 v. Diamondbacks
May 3 v. Diamondbacks (Ryan Braun bobblehead day!)
Awe, it’s his grandslam!
May 8 v. Cubs
May 10 v. Cubs
June 12 v. White Sox
June 27 v. Giants
July 12 v. Dodgers
July 25 v. Braves
August 16 v. Astros
September 6 v. Giants
September 23 v. Cubs
September 26 v. Phillies
September 27 v. Phillies
So, as you can see, I’ll be a busy girl. I’m sure there will be many more games that will pop up throughout the season as they usually do (especially with a buttload of Old Time BPA vouchers), and I’m definitely ready for more baseball than I already have slated. I’m going to try to make it to another stadium again this season, too. Although with my Vegas trip and Dave Matthews and Summerfest, I don’t know exactly when I’ll be able to slip that little trip in or to where it would even be. I do know that while in Vegas, the girls and I will be catching the Brewers v. Reds game on May 29th at ESPN zone, because we just can’t not do that.
The Opening Day Drunk Lot Tailgate is starting to take shape, and I’m preparing myself to serve 2000+ people at the Leff’s party the next day (the girls and I made the website photos from last year!). I don’t know if I’ll even be alive to make it to the 3rd day of Opening Weekend! Haha. Right. We all know I live for this!
And I’m finishing up the Top 10 Hotties roster, so head’s up for that, but until then, the countdown continues as usual. Today’s pics are of my niece, Piper. The whole family is grooming her to be a good little Brewers fan. Her favorite player may not be “Obin Ount” like her dad’s was, but who can blame her? She’s growing up in the era of Ryan Braun!
Piper with Papa C’s hat, her Hot Dog Racing Sausage and foam finger. Awesome.
Riding the bar shuttle with her Auntie and her favorite foam finger. (Don’t worry. She waited outside the bar. But she was super excited about riding on the bus!)
PS, the Crew topped the Cubs today 9-6 and Corey Hart is continuing to step up his game, going 3-4, including a 3-run homer. Chicago needed twice as many pitchers as Milwaukee, after Jeff Samardzija allowed 5 runs in the 1st inning.