Ben Sheets must have had a hang over from the All Star game because he certainly didn't bring his "A" game to the park today. Sheets only struck out 3 batters today and gave up an alarming 9 hits. Despite his uncommonly below average performance, the bull pen was able to salvage the game with Carlos Villenueva earning the win. The bull pen looked fantastic today grinding out a win over the Giants. After Ben gave up 4 runs the pen only allowed 1 single run the rest of the game. Surely, the best performance of the season so far by our relievers. This is a good sign considering the fact that the bull pen has been the weakest link on the team. Tores earned his 16th save of the season and David Riske struck out 3 batters. Riske is gonna be clutch as we dwell in to August and September. He consistantly throws better in the second half...check out last year's stats.
Brewers won 8-5
The slugfest was led by Prince Fielder who, thank you very much, clubed his 20th home run (100th career) of the season in to McCovey Cove. Sometimes it scares me just how good I am at calling things (see my Rockies pick last year). Again, Ryan Braun tripled and 6 different Brewers hit doubles, including Ben Sheets! All of the Brewer starters had a hit.....except for Billy Hall who struck out THREE TIMES. Good heavens Billy.
I was unable to view or listen the game due to running errands. Embarrisingly enough, I forgot that the game was an afternoon time. SOB.
-Prince Fielder is the 17th Giant opponent to hit a home run in to McCovey Cove on a fly.
-Evidence that Ben Sheets below average performance is better than most others above average performance: Today was the first time an opponenet scored twice in the same inning against the ace since May 15! Wow...now that's a great stat.
-Associated Press doesn't have a clue sometimes...this story says Ben earned the win which he did no. By the time you read it...they probably corrected the error. It did say "Sheets wins 11th".
-Again, St. Louis beat the Padres 6-5. How do they pull these games out? They are like the Cubs...they just keep coming from behind to win games lately.