The Brewers were saved from a series sweep by the Colorado Rockies thanks impart by the indefinite closer, Salomon Torres. Once again, the crafty veteran who manages to keep his cool even through 5 outs and pitching 1.2 solid innings for a save (7). Jeff Suppan won his fourth game of the season by going 5.1 innings. Thankfully, he had some great defensive support by his cast members, as he only struck out three and walked five. Despite the lack of stats, he did pitch very well and worked through some jams. Carlos Villenueva also brought his "A" game going 1.2 innings, not giving up a run and holding three. In the end, Milwaukee won 3-2.
Offensively, The Crew failed to produce some timely hitting. This was evident in the them having stranded 13 base runners. Despite this major flaw, they did deliver when needed most. The middle of the order achieved 2 hits a piece for four straight batters (Kapler, Braun, Fielder, and Hart). Hell, even Billy Hall had a clutch hit bringing in the winning run.
In all, the Brewers should have taken this series 2 games to 1. However, some clutch hitting by the Rockies and a stubborn Yost game plan had the Brewers losing the series. That being said, Coors Field is one of the toughest stadiums to play for visiting teams. The high elevation and the park using a humidor to stow their game balls (he he) provide plenty of unique (excusable) challenges. Not to mention the Brewers play awful there.
Day off tomorrow! Then back to Minute Maid Park in Houston for a 3 game series w/ the Stros. The Crew then return home for back-to-back inter league series' with Minnesota and Toronto (as in Canada). I wonder if Brett Lawrie (16th pick for the Crew) will be present in the sky box for their series with the Blue Jays? Milwaukee (and other teams) always have their top draft picks attend a series to get the itch for the bigs. I have a very good feeling about that kid. Listening to him interview with Jim Powell on Friday gave me a good feeling in my gut. He only recently picked up catching, and has already been compared to Russell Martin (mentor/friends). Although he eluded the contract question, it's pretty evident in his tone and words used that he would be signing with The Crew. We should see him in 2010-11. I would have to say in a position other than catcher though!