Thanks impart to a two-run blast by Mike Cameron, Milwaukee was able to avoid a sweep by the Twins this afternoon. Leading the way was Seth McClung, the red headed step child, the red headed slut, the Scary Scotsman, the Chaotic Celtic, you get the point....pitched a great game this afternoon giving up only two runs and hitting a double himself. McClung has had some great control at the plate since stepping in to the starters role. Thus far in to the season he has only walked 20 batters (reliever/starter), which is damn impressive. Adding to that success was the fact that he didn't walk a single batter today.
Mike Cameron continues to "labor" (as said by Bob Uecker) going 2-3 with two RBI's. Jason Kendall went 3-4 with an RBI. These two like to pick up the offense when needed, example of this would be last week in Houston and today's game. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder are both batting .285.
In the series, Minnesota's pitchers (both relievers and starters) combined for only 5 free passes given to the Brewers. In the end, I believe that was the biggest contributor to Milwaukee being outscored 23 to 8! Any time you can't manufacture runs with easy gimme's, you know the final out come will be effected by it.
-Twins pitcher Scott Baker struck out 4 batters in todays game. Oddly enough, he is the first Minnesota pitcher to accomplish that feat. Congrats....I guess.
-Eric Gagne took his first step in returning to the pen for the Brewers today by throwing 25 pitches off the mound in BP. Gord Ash pointed out that Gagne "is not on the same timetable" as Riske. Thank God. Gagne just needs to take his time and recoup. He can/will be an effective closer, splitting time with Torres with the latter getting the nod more often (I would imagine).
-Jemile Weeks, little brother to Milwaukee Brewer Rickie, homered last night for the Miami Hurricanes. Shockingly enough, the Canes were upset by the Georgia Bulldogs in the College World Series (semi-final game).
-According to this Florida newspaper quoting manager Don Money, Brewer prospects Mat Gamel and Matt LaPorta are going to be staying put for a while. He even went as far as saying they will stick in the farm system for a couple of years. I sense B.S.
Matt LaPorta belted his league-leading 19t home run last night against the Jacksonville Suns! The Stars won and are now 41-28 on the season.
-Meanwhile, Nashville continues to struggle. They lost last night in Davenport Iowa in front of NO FANS. This of course due to the flooding. That would be kind of creepy playing in an empty stadium, knowing that just on the other side of the walls the city and state is experience its worse flooding in modern history!