The Brewers own the Pirates. Everyone in the world knows this.
But how does that law of physics go? For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction?
The Reds subsequently own the Brewers.
I, for one, will no longer stand for it. Because, obviously, I’ll be able to do something about it.
The fact that the Reds are the thorn in their sides has to have something to do with the fact that the Brewers basically fall to pieces every time the two match up. I mean, look at the Pirates. (Well, it’s not exactly the same because the Pirates suck.) They used to dominate Milwaukee at PNC. Then the Crew won like, 18 in a row? And suddenly PNC isn’t so threatening.
Milwaukee started the season on the road in Cinci and were swept. The Reds came to town 3 weeks later and took 2 of 3. Considering the Brewers have either won or swept all of their home series, to lose that one was pretty telling. The season so far is 6-1 in favor of Cincinnati and there are 6 games left to play.
Though, the road is a bleak place for the Brewers, no matter who the opponent.
The Reds had sunk in the standings after losing 6 in a row earlier in the month and had a dismal roadie, going just 2-8 in Cleveland, Philly and Atlanta. So you’d think the now second place Brewers would be able to ride another stellar string of games and cruise through Cincinnati pretty easily.
But you’d think wrong.
Last night, Christopher Narveson (Narv Dog is tabled. Again.) let one bad pitch get too far into his head. After Jay Bruce’s 3-run homer in the 4th, Paul Janish pushed the Reds even further ahead with a single and Christopher was done for, with a 5-0 deficit to his name.
Back-to-back homeruns for Carlos Gomez and pinch hitter Josh Wilson (new guy, kinda cute) in the 5th were a welcome sight, but definitely not enough of a rally as the Brewers eventually fell 7-3.
Tonight Zack Greinke (3-1, 5.79) looks to put an end to the road woes as he goes up against Chad Reineke (0-0, -.–), a fill-in from the minor leagues.
Dusty Baker’s pitching staff looks a bit different than usual since struggling starter Edinson Volquez was sent to Triple-A and Homer Bailey added to the DL. Lucky for the Brewers, hot-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman probably won’t be activated during this series, either.
If Milwaukee can capitalize on facing a pitcher who hasn’t seen Major League action in nearly 2 years and get into Baker’s bullpen early, they could have a strong chance to pull off a much-needed win. (Of course, they need to keep the errors to a minimum, too.)
The Brewers line-up tonight really has no surprises but hopefully Corey Hart is back at 100%. Ryan Braun has also been on an offensive tear lately, hitting in 18 of his last 19 (that early ejection against Washington halted his latest streak) and if Nyjer Morgan can get himself on base, I’m gonna need everyone to start using the term “scoring position” when he’s standing on first, too. ‘Cause that dude is fast.
So, seriously, Boys. I like that you dominate the Pirates. It’s kinda comical to be on this end of it because it’s like, why even try, Pittsburgh? But it’s not cool to be on the losing end. Please stop this now before it turns into a 20-something game losing streak. Thanks.
Such was the story of Christopher Narveson and the Brewers vs. Bud Norris and the Astros: 24 total strikeouts.
Christopher, who took the loss despite 6 strong innings and 7 strikeouts, has failed to earn his nickname back. He was pretty much dialed in until a towering 3-run homer off the bat of Carlos Lee gave the Astros a bit of insurance on their way to an eventual 5-0 win and series victory.
Brewers relievers Sergio Mitre (who gave up Houston’s 5th and final run) and Zack Braddock tacked on another 5 Ks, bringing the Crew’s strikeout total to 12 for the day.
Bud Norris, however, managed to strand 11 Brewers at the plate all on his own, even though he was the only one of the Astros 4 pitchers to give up any hits. (Mark Melancon notched Houston’s 12th K.)
On a somewhat positive note for Milwaukee, Ryan Braun walked in the first inning which mean’s he’s reached base safely in all 27 of the Brewers games this season. That was pretty much the only bright spot, even though Christopher seemed to have gotten his command back.
The Brewers also committed 5 errors in this 3-game series (if I remember correctly, they were all throwing errors?), so I’m pretty much over hearing Bill Schroeder talking about how great they are defensively. Um, not so much. And while we’re talking about their flaws, how about that Carlos Gomez running the bases? He’s so smooth. I wish I could be just like him. Grr…
Carlos Lee, despite his own bright spot of the homerun, was carted off the field and taken to the hospital during the top of the 7th after he and Angel Sanchez collided going after a Mark Kotsay pop up. Ouchie.
So the Brewers head to Atlanta for 4 games starting tomorrow and Zach Greinke is slated to pitch Wednesday against Tim Hudson. (Yay!) The Braves and Brewers are both in 3rd place in their respective divisions, but Atlanta is coming off a walk-off win against St. Louis to open this series. While the baseball world is waiting with bated breath to see Greinke’s National League debut, Milwaukee will have to take on Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson before that day even comes. Hopefully Yovani Gallardo has shaken off his streaky April and Marco Estrada will shine once again before his likely departure to Nashville.
In other baseball news:
If you’re playing in Cleveland as a visitor, plan on going home with your tail between your legs.
Don’t even bother trying to pitch to Andre Ethier because he will hit you.
Don’t make obscene gestures and homophobic slurs to fans of the opposing team. You’ll probably get suspended.
While you’re not doing things, don’t tweet about your ejection from the clubhouse. You’ll probably get suspended.
Lots of people are having surgery or breaking things. Casey Blake: out. Ryan Zimmerman: out. Panda: out. David Freese: out.
@TonyPlush will be back Tuesday. Lord knows the Brewers need him.
Parra’s wild first yield’s no runs.
Rodriguez at home in Puerto Rico.
Strasburg pitched? Oh, I hadn’t heard…
Zambrano mad! Zambrano need anger management!
Edmonds + Counsell = 79. Old Men Brewers.
Bourne’s first homer. Off Crew. Shocking!
Manny goes wild again. Run scores.
Braun homers. Trails Hart. Bizarro Brewers.
Pujols: No Derby. Can’t whine afterwards.
Strasburg allows 3. *gasp* He’s human!
Indians squeeze out win over Jays.
Villanueva loads ’em for Coffey. Ehhhh…
Aaaaaand Pence ties it. 5 all.
I like Braddock better than Coffey.
Rolen reaches 300 against former team.
Heyward to DL. Active for ASG.
Opportunity wasted by Prince, Ryan. Ugh.
Bullpen fails. Astros ginormous comeback win.
Losses okay when Cubs lose, too.
Carlos Lee’s on my fantasy team.
I’m sure I’m pretty behind in discovering SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs, but regardless, I’m hooked. I find myself trying to put every thought that crosses my mind into only six words and one of those thoughts today was, “Blog boring. Baseball in six words.”
So, in an effort to spice up this little blog of mine, I’m gonna try to put game recaps, notable events, big plays, etcetera, etcetera, into just six words. No explanations necessary. (I hope!)
First inning woes matter no more.
Brewers take out Twins. Three. Times.
Twins first 3-game sweep. Ha. Ha.
Lucroy catches shut-out. Kottaras jobless? Maybe.
George Kottaras, I like your beard.
Philly monsoon delays inevitable Indians beatdown.
Strasburg loses. Is hype done yet???
Rollins’ first walk-off in 10 years.
Hart amazes. Leads NL RBIs, HRs.
RB in LG. Two restaurants = BUSY!
Marlins not terrible. Still fire Gonzalez.
Mad at Macha removing Manny. Still.
Withdrawals. Must. Go. To. Miller. Park.
Cubs tied in 11th. Please lose.
Brewers wall dismantled at work. Sad.
Good day for my fantasy team.
See? It’s super fun. I’m completely addicted to putting everything into six words. Well, okay, not everything. Obviously I wouldn’t have written all that. But either way, I’m having a great time with it and I think it’s a great way to simplify things. Maybe I’ll continue only writing six word recaps. It certainly makes blogging less of a chore. (Which it really isn’t, but I’ve been, um, thoughtless lately?) Just think of all the things I could get into this humble little blog if I didn’t have to write full paragraphs. Gah. Such a drag!
Keep up the momentum. Go Brewers!
(Cubs tied. 13th. Please still lose.)
Whilst I was recovering from New Year’s Eve Friday afternoon, my dad read me Tom Haudricourt’s Top 10 Brewers Highlights of 2009 from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Before he began the short but sweet countdown, I tried guessing what might be on the list. I was way off base, considering Mr. Haudricourt’s and my definition of “highlight” were a little different.
Here is My (Tom’s) list of Top 10 Highlights for 2009:
1. First baseman Prince Fielder shatters Cecil Cooper’s 26-year club record (126) with 141 RBI, tying Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard for the major league lead. Fielder, who also set a club record with 110 walks, became the first Brewer to lead the majors in RBI since Cooper tied Boston’ Jim Rice in 1983.
**Alright, yes, agreed. Prince Fielder had an amazing year, I’ll give you that. And we fans did wait with baited breath for, like, 7 games for him to finally break that RBI record. And that Cecil Cooper was in town when he did was pretty exciting.
The offseason is starting to finally produce some newsworthy content and I’m happy to report (even though I’m a little behind) that the Brewers organization is actually doing some useful things this winter.
Interleague win #2. Done and Done!
Check out this rollercoaster of a box score:
Milwaukee 14, Cleveland 12 Today’s Boxes 6/15/09 LAA 9, SF 7
And holy eff what a win it was.
But first, poor, poor Dave Bush. The guy can’t catch a break. Six runs scored before he was pulled from the game after his shortest outing all season. Only 3 1/3 innings pitched. Dave, you know I love you, but you’ve gotta stop giving up homeruns!!! But don’t think it was just six ERs. Two more crossed the plate thanks to a Victor Martinez hit off of first time Brewer Chris Narveson. Ouchy, Dave. And it’s too bad for Bush that the run support came too late to save him. I really do hate to see him and his newly trimmed beard struggle like that.
At this point, the Crew had let 2 separate leads go and the Indians were ahead 8-3. But not to worry–this would be the first of 2, 5-run leads the Tribe would let get away from them. Following Cleveland’s 4-run 4th, the Brewers would close the first gap to 8-7.
But the Indian’s big inning was the 6th, when Narveson and Mark DiFelice would combine to allow 4 runs, thus lending a hand to the second of Cleveland’s 5-run leads.
I’m not gonna lie, at this point, I was ready to give it up. It was already 3+ hours into the game. But then Todd Coffey came out to pitch the 7th and had Milwaukee’s first 1,2,3 inning. He was the first of 4 pitchers to not let a run to score. The Brewers then sent 11 men to the plate in that decisive, 6-run 8th inning to garner Coffey his second win of the season.
Casey McGehee is certainly proving his worth with 2, 3-hit games in a row, including belting his first career HR on Sunday. JJ Hardy broke an 0-30 slump (finally!), but still only managed to go 1-5 last night. Baby steps, I guess. Ryan Braun was one hit shy of the cycle, knocking in 5 runs on 3 hits, including a 2-run homer and a 2-run triple.
But the true hero of the night was Prince Fielder. He had a career high 6 RBIs, 4 of which came off the 130th HR of his career. Scratch that–4 of which came off his first career GRANDSLAM!!!
(Side note: thanks to my mom for watching the game on an analog tv, thus screaming in excitement 2 seconds before I even saw the pitch in HD. Tiny ugh.)
Coffey and Mitch Stetter combined to hold the Indians at bay in the bottom of the 8th and the Brewers bats couldn’t produce anymore runs in the top of the 9th. But they had a 2-run lead going in to the bottom of the frame, prompting a 16th save opportunity for Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman gave up a run Sunday and inevitably posted something other than 0.00 in the ER column. It was bound to happen. But, Trevor remained perfect, gaining his 16th save for the Crew this season.
So, no negativity today.Yay! Dave Bush hasn’t quite taken Manny Parra’s place on the Hotties List, but if he lowers his ERA, he might have a chance to be bumped from the Honorable Mentions. He did finally listen to me and trim that Amish-y beard of his.
Anyways, getting back on track…
Crew and Tribe again tonight. Yovani Gallardo (6-3, 2.88 ERA) takes the mound opposite Jeremy Sowers (1-3, 5.10 ERA).
Since I don’t really care much to talk about the Brewers current slump, I’m posting some happy memories of the 2 recent games I attended.
Last Wednesday’s loss to the Rockies was overshadowed by by 4-year-old niece, Piper. First of all, I’m super jealous that she got to even set foot on that field, but also, she’s so into baseball, she didn’t even care about dancing. She was just so happy to be out where the Brewers play.
And since we got to be so close to watch the little dancers, I had to get a good pic of whoever was left warming up on the field. Just these 2. Corey has since managed to pick up his average and came up with a couple homeruns yesterday, but JJ? Ugh. I hate to be using that word so much lately in relation to the Brewers, but unfortunately, it’s fitting.
We all know how I feel about Dave. Awe!
Chris Smith’s first pitch as a Milwaukee Brewer.
It just cracks me up that Frank’s last name doesn’t fit on the scoreboard.
The next few come from Friday night’s win against the White Sox. My favorite kind of game–lots of offense that makes the opposing fans really bitter and leave early!
Squishing the outfielders.
Trio of Racing Sausages, recreating the race. Cinco has won the last 2 games I’ve been to. Awesome!
Aaaaaaand it wouldn’t be a game without a picture of Ryan’s bum.
So, there. Happier times at Miller Park. (Even though that Rockies game was a loss.)
The Crew won’t be back home until next Tuesday and they’ve got 2 more stops on the Interleague Express before Minnesota makes their way here. I have to say, I’ll be quite happy when interleague play is over with. It hasn’t treated the Brewers too well, thus far. Every team they play has had the same or worse record than Milwaukee, yet the Brewers have a losing record when faced with American League teams.
Currently, I’m not pleased with the 1/2 game lead over St. Louis either, but I’ll take it since it’s still first place.
Only 2 games going tonight, and the Crew has one of them. It’s my fave, Dave Bush (3-3, 4.58 ERA) against Carl Pavano (6-5, 5.40 ERA). Milwaukee is at 34-29 and leads the NL Central, while Cleveland sits in the basement of the AL Central at 29-36. I’m hoping the Brewers are able to pull off some wins on the road, and also hoping that those players hovering in major, major slumps (they know who they are) can pick up and start producing for their team.
Mark DeRosa Cleveland Indians, 3B
Okay, Brewers fans. I’m fully aware that DeRosa used to be a Cub. Why do you think he’s on the list? Think about how many times I’ve seen him in action. Besides, he only played in Chicago for 2 seasons out of a career so far of 10. There’s no denying he’s hot. I attended a Brewers v. Cubs game last season with a lifelong Cubs fan and the first time DeRosa came up to bat and they showed his picture on the scoreboard, we both said “Wow, that does not do him any justice.” I guess it was just nice to be able to bond over something, since the Cubs slammed the Brewers that night. Ugh.
Mark DeRosa can play any infield position pretty effectively, and he’s held his own in the outfield over the years, too. He’s one of those players that realized early on he’s a utility guy and that might not mean playing everyday, but it definitely means you’re always needed. I like that about utility guys. They’ll sit out if they have to, but are always willing to do whatever’s asked of them by their team. And that helps with the attraction.
Plus, he looks good in eyeblack.
You can see what I mean about team pics not doing justice.
Natural smiles work much better than “Sit here and put your hat on” team picture day smiles.
And less than 3 weeks til the Miller Park Opener!!!
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians, CF
I don’t catch much of the American League, so you’ll notice as the list goes on that there are only a couple guys on this list that aren’t regular opponents of my Brewers. Grady Sizemore is one of the lucky few.
I often have to wonder that when these players have such nice tans on their faces, necks and arms, what the rest of their bodies look like? Do you suppose Grady has the classic farmer’s tan or does he fake-bake to even himself out? Because when he gets a little color in him, YUM!
I think in high school, he had to have been voted Best Smile. He’s so freaking cute! I mean, I heard a lot of fuss from the ladies about how hot he is, but, like I said, I don’t follow the American League, so I never really paid much attention. And I’ll fully admit, I had to look him up just to see what he looked like. And I agree with the ladies.
Last season, looking at the stats, I’d say that Grady was one of the more consistently good players. His average was between .250 and.300 from May thru September, OBP around .370 for the whole season, 33 HRs, 90 RBIs and 38 SBs. Not too shabby.
If I lived in Ohio, I’d probably be an Indians fan over a Reds fan, purely for Grady Sizemore. (Of course, I’m sure that would have something to do with upbringing and where I lived, too, but whatev.) He’s like Cleveland’s Ryan Braun, strictly in terms of best looking player.
Seriously. So cute.
I loooove it when guys have those smile lines! (And so tan!)
Tune in tomorrow to see who else makes it to the Top 10 Baseball Hotties!