When I found out Narveson would be starting one my final games at Miller Park this season, let alone against the Cubs, I had to just grin and bear it. The Brewers season was over, afterall, but I don’t ever like to go into a game with the anticipation of a loss. Even though Narveson won his previous start, Milwaukee had very little to show for so far in the series, amassing a measly 4 runs in 2 games, while giving up 17 to Chicago.
As it turned out, I had absolutely no reason to be worried.
After Nik, Mol and I settled in to our seats, we looked around at the poor showing for a marquee game. Attendance was just over 31,000 for the night and we girls pretty much just got to chatting about anything other than the game.
All of the sudden, it’s the top of the 3rd and my most hated Cub, Reed Johnson, leads off the inning with a double. As I groaned the obligatory, “I hate Reed Johnson,” I glanced at the scoreboard to see that his hit was the first allowed in the game and Narveson had already recored 3 strikeouts. And then Johnson was unable to score. Darn!
The Brewers walked away with a 3-2 win last night, all 3 runs coming via the longball. Prince Fielder smacked a 2-run dinger, his 42nd of the year, in the 4th and also coasted above Poo Holes in the RBI column once more, now with 131, while Jody Gerut added that 3rd insurance run in the 6th.
The obvious hero of the game was Chris Narveson, though, striking out 10 over 5 2/3 innings, only allowing 4 hits. The only mistake he made was a first-pitch fastball to Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija to start off the 6th. That mistake didn’t end up costing the game, but it was Samardzija’s first major league hit, so I’m sure he felt pretty good about it. After that, Narveson padded the already impressive strikeout total by fanning Tyler Colvin and Derrek Lee before being pulled after throwing only 70 pitches.
Todd Coffey made his amusing sprint to the mound in record time to then finish out the 6th and the only other Chicago run allowed came from a small string of hits put together while Police Academy’s Tackleberry look-a-like David Weathers was on the hill in the 7th. No biggie though, as Felipe Lopez, second baseman extraordinaire, was able to pull off a very close play at first, then had an amazing line-drive catch to end the inning. If it wasn’t a WebGem, it certainly deserved to be. Claudio Vargas pitched a scoreless 8th, proving me wrong in my wavering trust in his abilities, then before we knew it, it was Trevor Time. Hoffman recorded his 35th save of the season and added to his All-Time lead, now standing at 589.
Chris Narveson looks to get at least one more start this season, but with Monday’s scheduled off-day, it could turn into 2. I’m pretty much sold on him to get as many in as the powers that be deem worthy. I know last night could be a fluke, but it could also be a window into what this guy’s capable of. I’d like to think of it as the latter. Narveson deserves to be seen and deserves to be put into consideration to stay with the team for 2010. I realize the Brewers have other, far more pressing pitching issues to take care of in the off-season, but throw Narveson in the mix. I’m pretty much all over that guy.
So tonight the Phillies look to close in on the post-season, sending J.A. Happ (10-4, 2.77 ERA) to the mound to face Jeff Suppan (7-10, 4.76 ERA).
The Phillies lead the NL East by 6.5 games over Atlanta, whose elimination number is 5. It’s a possibility during this 4-game series that Philadelphia, unless Milwaukee can hold them off, could be celebrating once again at Miller Park. Last season, of course, we all remember Philly winning the Division Series and the champagne being uncorked in the visitor’s clubhouse. The Brewers need to embrace the spoiler role and do everything they can to not let that happen again this year.
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.