Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another No Hitter Escapes Bush...barely

Brewers 6 - Phillies 1

Dave Bush (1-0, 3.86) flirted with a no-hitter this afternoon by lasting almost 8 innings against the Phillies. Matt Stairs finally broke the no-no by belting a solo homerun that bounced off the foul pool. Sadly enough, Bushy's quest to notch Milwaukee's first no-hitter since 1987 when Juan Nieves accomplished this coveted goal. We all remember last season when Bush lasted 7 2/3 innings with a no hitter as well. His time will come. Dave Bush is inching closer. This is the third time in his career that he had a no-hitter in to the 8th inning.

Bush gave up a pair of hits and one run in his best career start to date. He fanned 4 and only gave out 3 free passes. Once again, if he can escape the 1st inning with out causing a lot of damage, the man will do fine.

Thankfully, Milwaukee provided plenty of power at the plate this afternoon. I think Braun may have sparked a nerve with in the clubhouse, because the entire team was in full gear.
Ryan Braun (4) and Bill Hall (1) both went yard. Prince Fielder tossed in another double (4).
The top 4 batters all had a pair of hits each. Cam and Hardy were hitless, but both reached base on walks.
Mike Rivera went o'fer.

I wasn't able to watch this game, sadly enough. Stuck in the old office. Perhaps this is good luck, because Bushy came close last season during an afternoon game as well (at Miller Park).

Prince Fielder took out Phillies ace Cole Hammels early-on in the game. He launched a line drive that struck their star pitcher on his throwing arm.

Miller Park sold 15,000 tickets already for Friday's "Border Battle" against the Peoria Chiefs. That is insane. To sell that many tickets for a low class-A ball is impressive. Meanwhile, PNC Park is figuring out how to attract fans.

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