Wow, the Brewers came from behind to defeat the Nats 4-3 to complete the split in the series. Ben Sheets gave up 7 hits and 2 runs to get the no-decision. He did have 6 k's and no walks in just over 6 innings. Too bad for him their wasn't any run support early on. The pitcher who stole the show was Carlos Villanueva who pitched only 2 innings and struck out 5 batters to earn his third win of the season. This kid belongs in the pen, he can pitch 2 or more innings if needed and provide the stable relief if called upon. I just hope that he's ready for tomorrow when The Crew take on Atlanta at home. Dave Bush may have Carlos coming in to save his ass.
Offensively, the Brewers looked pretty decent with the Gabe Kapler providing the heroics. In the top of the 11th inning, the Hebrew Hammer smacked what ended up being the game winning hit and bringing in run. Mike Cameron continued to stay hot by hitting another double today along with Braun and Fielder.
The sore spot was Russell Branyan who struck out 4 times. We knew this would happen. He strikes out A LOT. This pissed Billy Hall off even more I'm sure, as he voiced his displeasure with Ned prior to the game. You know what Billy? Get your ass to hit more balls and not commit so many errors, and then you can have your fulltime position back.
-Nashville Sounds (Brewers' Triple-A Team) are 21-28, which is unusual for this team and their success of past seasons. They are slowly turning it around however for the first half. Last night Brad Nelson belted a 2-out GRAND SLAM in the 12th inning to win the game for the Sounds.
Good ol' Vinny Rotino, who roomed at La Crosse with my good buddy John Link is also playing a key role batting in 36 RBI's and hitting .242.
-Mitch Stetter is pitching well in Nashville, he should be called back up farely soon.
-Matt LaPorta watch: Huntsville is 31-19 and in second place....playing some good ball. His home runs have slowed a bit, having only 3 in the past 10 games. On a positive note, he is hitting well against righties and lefties. Most sources believe that he won't get the call until September....I like to think he'll get summoned in late July/early August.
Angel Salome and Mat Gamel continue their dominance in AA ball.
+ One thing that SI's stories ripping the Brewers fail to include is that they have played far more games on the road than at home (31 of 51). This will change as we enter June.